When you play cards to-day in a casino or at a bridge studio, the professional player expects clean traditionally marked cards that feel good in their hands. A less expensive grade of card with non-traditional markings is not acceptable.
The history of cards is a long and interesting one. There is some controversy as to their origin, but China or the Muslim world seems to be the best guess. Cards established themselves in the late 1300’s in Italy and from there they spread through out Europe.
In the 1800’s cards arrived in the United States, but, each country they passed through changed the design in one way or another. The King of Spades is David a biblical king, the King of Hearts is Charles presumably after Charlemagne, the King of Diamonds is Julius Caesar and the King of Clubs is Alexander King of Macedon. In the English playing cards the Queen and the other face cards represent no one in particular although legend states the Queen of Hearts is Elizabeth of York, Queen consort of Henry V11 of England. In contrast, French decks assigned historical or mythological Queens such as Athena, Judith, Rachel and Regina, which is Latin for Queen.
In the mid 1500’s the third Court card in the English deck was known as the Knave or male servant of royalty, but, in 1864 when an English cardmaker used J instead of Kn for this lowest Court card it became known as the Jack. The Jacks in the French deck are Jack of Spades, Ogier the Dane, Hearts, La Hire a French warrior, Hector, a mythological hero of the lliad, is the Jack of Diamonds and Lancelot is the Jack of Clubs.
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