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Published July 28, 2022 Updated July 28, 2022

Suvenirni Karti: XVII Storochchia

Warriors and Soldiers of the 17th century, produced in L’viv in 2010.

Ukraine Military 2010

Produced in L’viv in 2010, this pack consists of 36 cards with each card depicting in brilliant detail warriors and soldiers of the 17th century. Each suit is devoted to a different empire or region. Diamonds represent the Tsardom of Moscow (King is Mikhail I, First Romanov Tsar 1596-1645); Clubs represent Poland (King is Władysław IV Vasa or Ladislaus IV of Poland, 1595-1648); Spades represent the Ottoman Empire (King is Sultan Murad IV, 1612-1640), and finally Hearts depict the Zaporozhian Host - a military force inhabiting or originating from Zaporizhzhia, the territory beyond the rapids of the Dnieper River in what is Central Ukraine today, from the 15th to the 18th centuries. The King is the military commander Bohdan Khmelnytsky, 1595-1657. The Queens and Knaves, along with the Kings, are all described on separate card. Each Ace displays the coat-of-arms of the relevant empire while the pip cards represent soldiers and fighters, each one explaining their rank, function or position.

Warriors and Soldiers of the 17th century, produced in L’viv in 2010 Warriors and Soldiers of the 17th century, produced in L’viv in 2010 Warriors and Soldiers of the 17th century, produced in L’viv in 2010 Warriors and Soldiers of the 17th century, produced in L’viv in 2010

Above: Warriors and Soldiers of the 17th century playing cards produced in L’viv in 2010. 36 cards.

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By Peter Burnett

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An avid playing card collector since the early 1970s. While the bulk of my collection originates from the UK, Western Europe and the USA, I have always had a “soft spot” for Russian packs - in part because I studied Russian at both school and University in the 1960s, and also because it was in Moscow in 1968 that I stumbled upon my first 3 packs which fired my curiosity and thence my life-long interest.


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