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The Tarot of Paul
A.E. WAITE: ARCANUM 10
The Tarot of
Circle, The Wheel of Fortune, and The Rose Window...
Wheel of Fortune by Nicolaa de Bracton of Leicester
149. Men broken on the wheel, from L'Art de bien Vivre et de bien Mourir, Paris
Medieval Macabre (c) 2000 James L. Matterer
& Motifs: Fortuna: The Iconography of Fortuna
THE MEDIEVAL ACADEMY OF AMERICA
The wheel of fortune; Queen Fortuna turns the crank. Drawing, Spanish, late 9th
century. Manchester, John Ryland Library, ms. 83, fol. 214v.
EARLY STUART LIBELS
K. "Fortune's wheel": Reflections on the Jacobean Era
Here, the complex machinations of Jacobean politics consistently frustrate any
efforts to derive order and structure out of the facts of history. The neat
medieval model of the wheel of fortune is simply inadequate as an explanatory
tool. And the poet seems well aware of this; indeed the poem combines discourses
of sin and anti-Catholicism with a consistently knowing and ironic tone.
Rochester Cathedral, Medieval painting of Wheel of Fortune on wall opposite
wheel of fortune
Wheel of Fortune, Beauvais, Saint Etienne, (c.1100). The carved stone tracery
around the window depicts the Wheel of Fortune, a common element of tarot cards
which were to be produced two centuries later. This image shows a spinning wheel
of life and rebirth, with various creatures ascending one side and others
falling down the other. It is a profound symbol of life and spirituality.
Mann, A.T. Sacred Architecture, Element, Shaftesbury, Dorset, 1993, Fig. 209.
Boccaccio The Fall of Princes France: 1467 MS Hunter 371-2 (V.1.8-9)
Glasgow University Library
Boccaccio's vision of Fortune
Record Number: c2664-04
Shelfmark: Royal 20 C. IV
Page Folio Number: f.198
Description: (Miniature) Book VI, chapter i. Boccaccio, seated in his study with
pen, knife and books, has a vision of Fortune, crowned and with eight arms.
Title of Work: Des cas des nobles hommes
Author: Boccaccio, Giovanni, author; Premierfait, Laurent de, translator
Illustrator: Master of the Cité des Dames
Production: France (Paris); circa 1420
Language/Script: French / -
Triompho di Fortuna (Triumph of Fortune): Frontispiece (woodcut printed in black
and red ink)
Author: Sigismondo Fanti. Venice: Agostino Zani for Giacomo Giunta, 1526 ]MET MUSEUM]
Eisler, Robert, The Frontspiece to Sigismondo Fanti's "Triompho di
Fortuna" JWCI, Vol 10, London, 1947, pp. 155-159.
GLASGOW UNIVERSITY LIBRARY: SPECIAL COLLECTIONS DEPARTMENT
Ship of Fools, London: 1509 [Sp Coll Bn6-d.9 ] an English adaptation of
Sebastian Brant's Narrenschiff
An indice is given by the iconography of the Wheel of Fortune of the Carmina
CARMINA BURANA LATIN TEXT
Image of Fortuna [Carmina Burana]
65. The Wheel of the Ten Ages of Man, with God "all-seeing" at the
centre, from the Psalter of Robert de Lisle, before 1339. Illumination on
parchment, British Library, London.
The circle was a major way of representing cyclical time and was applied to the
year as well as to the larger span of a human life. As we move away from
clock-faces to digital timekeeping today, we tend to see time moving in terms of
numbers. For medieval observers time was ordered spatially rather than
numerically. The king, who stands here at what we used to call "twelve
o'clock," would have suggested the high-point of the day, because of the
position of the sun in the sky.
Camille, Michael, Gothic Art, Wiedenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1996, p.94.
The 'Wheel of Fortune' at the Amiens Cathedral
Alan H. Nelson, Mechanical Wheels of Fortune, 1100 - 1547, JWCI, Vol. 43, 1980.