Who Are The Kings On Cards?

Although the figures on cards in a playing deck were around before names were ascribed the them, they represented specific kings at a time. These kings—David, Caesar, Charlie, Alexander—were chosen by the French during Henry IV's reign (1553-1610) and lasted into the 18th century. The names still appear on the king cards in France.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Playing cards are believed to have originated in either China or Persia. 00:08

  2. Thirteen cards in a suit represent the thirteen lunar months that occur in a single year. 00:37

  3. Early playing cards were hand-painted, and only the affluent could afford to own them. 01:22

Written by Curiosity Staff July 16, 2015