Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Playing With History: The Satirical Portrayal Of The Medieval Papacy On An Eighteenth-Century Deck Of Playing Cards

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Somewhere at the beginning of the eighteenth century, an educational cardgame was published in the Dutch Republic. French Huguenot exiles had introduced the genre into the Amsterdam printing business. In 1724, after a long drawn-out stalemate between the States of Holland and the Roman Curia over who was fit to govern the Dutch Catholic community, Cornelis Steenoven was consecrated bishop of the Jansenist Church of Utrecht, an autocephalous church independent of Rome. The Constitution game emphatically presents Quesnel and the Jansenists as a reform party, dedicated to the eradication of a medieval heritage of priestcraft and superstition. The Constitution game, culminating in a vision of future reform, that would banish all antichristian accretions from religion, appealed to a wide variety of early eighteenth-century sentiments.

Keywords: Constitution game; early eighteenth-century; educational cardgame; medieval heritage



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    How the West Was Won — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation