The Medieval Europe Tarot

  • €54,99


The collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts represents a significant resource for the study of the literature, art, history, music, philosophy, and theology of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Western Europe. This is a set of artifacts that includes poems, musical scores, books, as well as religious texts. On many occasions, these artifacts carry illustrations of commendable beauty, which provide an insight into various important aspects of everyday culture in the Medieval and Renaissance eras.

It is almost impossible for the passionate tarot lover to miss the intriguing correlation of the particular manuscripts (especially their illustrations) to the vastly rich spectrum of significations ingrained in the tarot universe. It is this wonderful fact that prompted us to publish the Medieval Europe Tarot, an 86-card tarot deck whose captivating illustrations derive from a collection of original drawings by Vladimir Strannikov. The content of the images is primarily inspired by manuscripts of the XIV-XV centuries.

The Medieval Europe Tarot adheres to the traditional tarot card structure but it carries a minor modification – it features the expected Major Arcana and Minor Arcana cards, plus 8 additional cards:

- MAJOR ARCANA: Cards 0-21, including 2 versions of Arcana VII (“Chariot”)

- CARDS 22–28: 5 extra cards representing 5 of the 7 astrological planets, and the cards “Zodiac” and “Protection”

- 56 MINOR ARCANA (4 suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, Coins)


- 86 cards (from 86 original paintings)
- A Companion Booklet in English
- A specially designed carton tuck box



The Medieval Europe Tarot cards are designed to be 13cm x 8cm (5.1 x 3.15 inches) on a fine quality (450gsm) card stock. They come with a matte finish and gold-gilded card edges


On the influence of the Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts to the creation of the Medieval Europe Tarot. Thoughts of Vladimir Strannikov, the artist who created the deck:

"This deck is an experiment (second in a row) to reflect the Waite Tarot system using manuscripts from the 14th – 15th centuries. I really wanted to combine the modern perception of the Tarot of the XIX-XX centuries and the creative worldview of a person living in the XIV-XV centuries, the era of the Italian and Western European Renaissance...The idea to draw a modern Tarot based on Waite’s deck, using the art stamps of illustrators of that time (and, in fact, authors and contemporaries of the first playing decks of the Visconti family, for example, Bonifacio Bembo), seemed to me not only reasonable and historically reliable, but also creatively interesting."