At Atlas Obscura, Eric Grundhauser explores the interesting history of the Hofjager Hunting Pack — the world’s oldest known completed deck of cards.
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What did people in the 15th century do for fun? It was not known as a real “party” era, as France and England continued the bloody Hundred Years War, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake and the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople and ended the Roman Empire in a seven-week siege. Oh, and Spain began its inquisition. But one relic of happier times has survived: the world’s oldest completed deck of playing cards.
Known alternately as the Flemish Hunting Deck, the Hofjager Hunting Pack, or the Cloisters Pack (it is held in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters location), the set of cards now recognized as the oldest in the world was originally thought to be just kinda-historic.