"Narda da Frosinone" / Maria Luisa Lombardo

Arnold Esch points to this source for further playing card documents during 15th century:

Il gioco nello stato pontificio (secc. XV-XIX)
A cura di Maria Luisa Lombardo
Archivi e Cultura. 41 (2008)
inside is:
Maria Luisa Lombardo: I giocatori di dadi e di carte a Roma nel Quattrocento nelle fonte fiscali. (p. 27-61)

Between 1428-1491 there are 462 recorded juristic cases with denunciations and judgments in Rome, which are related to games of luck. From these 60 are recognized as related to playing cards and 51 related to dice games. The earliest record for card playing is given with 1448 July 9 and a female person called Narda da Frosinone, who played with cards during the night in a tavern (many documents contain names, and the location, where the persons came from and the address of the tavern).
Between the not-Roman players are many persons of Florence, from other countries there are often persons from Germany.

Esch gives only a summary. More details should be in the above given source.

Franco Pratesi wrote about Maria Luisa Lombardo at:
http://trionfi.com/evx-oldest-known-nai ... rt-to-rome

A (short) description of the text is here:
http://www.archiviodistatoroma.benicult ... -e-cultura


A further recommendation of Esch for research is the Poenitentiaria Apostolica.

Examples are given in the book of Arnold Esch: Wahre Geschichten aus dem Mittelalter. Kleine Schicksale selbst erzählt in Schreiben an den Papst. (München 2010)

Preview at books.google.com (reduced version):
http://books.google.de/books?id=FLhdMpB ... navlinks_s
(reports occasionally about games)

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