Thursday, March 24, 2016

The king of the deck

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The king of the deck
Alexander is depicted as the king of clubs in the French deck. In the late sixteenth century with the mass production of cards, the French printers elected four iconic characters in history and added their names to letters of kings. Alexander the Great was one of the selected to illustrate the deck faces. Considered one of the best military of all history, he was chosen to appear in the letter of the king of clubs.

For the king of spades, the king was chosen Jewish David, it is believed that the king was more just that humanity might have. Similarly, they have much to do swords in justice and devotion to God. The letter from the king of hearts belongs to Charlemagne, as it is recognized that was one of the rulers with the noblest heart; besides having great intelligence, he struggled to keep his people safe.

The representation of the king of diamonds corresponds to the Roman Julius Caesar. He was awarded this letter because of the greed and avarice attributed to this ruler of the Roman Empire. The curious uniqueness of the figures of the French deck is that they have proper names, although they have not always been the same, since they have varied according to the taste of society and the vagaries of history. For example, during the French Revolution, the kings became citizens, represented by classic characters: Solon, Plato, Cato and Brutus.

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