History of Solitaire, Patience, and other single-playercard games

Solitaire the card game most likely came about toward the end of the 18th century, perhaps “in the Baltic region of Europe and possibly as a form of fortune-telling.” The theory is that the popularity of the game rose with the popularity of cartomancy, or divination by cards, as well as tarot card reading. Moreover, in Scandinavian countries, the game is apparently known as cabale, which is related to cabal, a “mystical interpretation of the Old Testament.” Cabal gives us Kabbalah, that mystical (and trendy) form of Judaism.

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