Henry-Rene-d'Allemagne (1863 - 1950)
|Henry-Rene d'Allemagne published 1906 a "major and rare work on the history of playing cards with 3200 reproductions of cards". Apart from this he was an almost very active writer in more than one topic. His work to old playing cards established a basic research about French playing cards.
Allemagne reported the note to 1337 Marseille and had the opinion, that it was a true document for playing cards. He reported the entry from 1430 to Savoy. He created a great list with French playing card producers and many other things.
(From Fanch Guillemin: An illustrated history of White Magic: "In his work about card playing, 1905, Henry René d'Allemagne, gives us an extraordinary extract of an official letter of 1408, informing King Charles VI of an incident of cheating at cards. A certain Colin Charles and six accomplices had invited a naive Breton merchant passing through Paris to join them. After more than a few drinks together, they proposed a game which entailed guessing which card had been selected. Playing at first for nothing, the merchant achieved this effortlessly, thanks to a distinguishing scratch he had noticed on the back of the card in question. Thus baited, he placed a bet of 22 ecus and turned up the scratched card. This time it was unfortunately not the right one. The trickster had skillfully switched the card for another which had a similar scratch. After the victim had lodged a formal complaint, the swindlers were arrested, conducted to the prison of Châtelet, placed under questioning and put in the stocks. It was not always fun to cheat at this epoch ! "Pierre de Savoye had already been condemned for cheating in March 1386. He was sentenced to have one ear and three fingers of the right hand severed*. And in 1436, Pierre Filliardot and Monet Faure, identified as card crooks and loaded dice players, were banished with their cards hung round their necks..." (J.M. Melh.)"
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