by Carol Anne Mahsun
In 1450, Bianca Maria Visconti came to Milan when her husband, Francesco Sforza, toppled the republic. As daughter of the previous duke, they claimed to be the rightful rulers. Inspecting her father’s ruined palace, she discovered a tarot deck made to celebrate her engagement. Begged by her courtiers, she tells the story hidden in the cards of her relative, Mayfreda of Pirovano, elected Popess.