When I purchased this deck in the early 2000s, it was because l was fascinated by its concept.
The Old English Tarot by Maggie Kneen. The artist of this deck was inspired by the style of the Lutrell Psalter.
The Luttrell Psalter is an illuminated volume of psalms created in the early mid 1300s in England. It was commissioned by Sir Geoffrey Luttrell and created by anonymous artists and scribes.
The original manuscript was created on high quality vellum and sewn together.
Scenes that accompany the psalms reference Luttrell's own life and that of his family, particularly reflecting their contributions to society. I love learning history through tarot.
The result is that this manuscript opens a window into the life of the early medieval society. We catch a glimpse of the clothing styles, architecture, and details from peasant life of the time.
The borders are elaborately patterned with strange mythical creatures.
As for the deck's art, it sometimes borders on the precious side, which for me is not my favorite aspect. The imagery is quite small especially on the pip cards which makes seeing and connecting to the imagery difficult.
Having said that, it is a gentle deck, guaranteed to offend no one. Good to use with querents who might be on the fence regarding a tarot reading.
I've included a random assortment of cards in this photo.
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