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Kings on Cards

30
Apr
2008
 

By Christine Lovatt

The playing cards we use today can be traced back to those manufactured in France in the 16th century. The Kings were all based on great world leaders.

The King of Clubs was named after Alexander the Great, that military genius who had conquered the known world before the age of thirty. He single-handedly changed the nature of the ancient world in little more than a decade. 

The King of Diamonds was modelled on Julius Caesar who, although not an Emperor, may well have become one if he hadn’t been killed. He was a general whose numerous victories and huge popularity gave him status with the people of Rome.

The King of Hearts was fashioned after Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. Famous for being one of the first rulers to attempt a unification of Europe, today he is heralded as the greatest of the ‘Dark Ages’ Kings.

The King of Spades was in honour of King David of the Old Testament, who fought the giant Goliath and was made King of Israel at the age of 30. David made Israel the greatest kingdom of its day for the time he was alive.

 

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3 Responses to

Kings on Cards

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KERRY02 said:
May 12, 2008 at 8:50 AM

 

Now that is something I had never heard before.

 

 

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mrs_Jay said:
May 16, 2008 at 12:30 AM

 

Interesting. I never knew that either. Good to know now.

 

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denilil said:
June 10, 2008 at 11:11 PM

 

I want to comment on your 'word for the day'. A 'how to promounce' column would be valuable!