Monday, 17 February 2014

The Essential Queen

So the Knights are clanking around in their armour, fighting for whomever they agree with THIS week....the Pages are running upstairs and downstairs, all excited at the newness of the world in which they find themselves.  What about the Queens - where do they find themselves historically in this box of jewels that we call the Tarot Court?

Back in the day, women were handy to have around in much the same way as it's good to have all your chessmen on the board: Daughters were useful for marrying off into strategic alliances, wives were good for bringing legitimate offspring to the game.

Valued as equals? Not really.

If you read through the lists of Queens from late Medieval to mid Renaissance Europe, there were very few who ruled alone, by design.  Oh sure, there were some exceptions (Elizabeth I).  And

Monday, 10 February 2014

The Essential Knight

Once upon a time, in Ye Olde ynd Merrye Englande of around 1300 (the year, not the time) the word 'knighthood' or 'cnihthād' * referred to the period that we call 'adolescence' today.  We more readily associate the idea of 'knight' with strapping chaps on horseback - armour, jousting, chivalry and crusades.

Possibly also Danny Kaye.


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