Johannes, von Rheinfelden (ca. 1340-1377)
In his extensive Tractatus de moribus et disciplina humanae conversationis, the oldest description of playing cards known in Europe, Johannes von Rheinfelden explains not only the rules of play, but in addition he explicates the characters of the figures as well as the entire social order, based on the relation of the cards to one another. Konrad Schlatter, since 1428 confessor and later prior of the cloister of the Dominican nuns St. Maria Magdalena “in den Steinen”, left this treatise to the sisters for their moral edification.
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- Johannes, von Rheinfelden (Author) | Petrus Johannes Hüller, de Wiscellach (Scribe) | Schlatter, Konrad (Annotator) Found in: Standard description