Cards: real historical figures!

We have all had, one day or another, card games in our hands. From Belote, to Poker, to Tarot, they can make us have a good time with friends or family, and even make us win money, when played for real money in an online casino. The characters, symbols and colors of these timeless games are part of our culture. But did you know that each card is linked to a specific era in our history, as well as to famous people?


The origin of card games

In the beginning, card games would have seen the light of day between the 7th and 10th centuries in China. Traces of these games were found in Europe in the 14th century. They would have become popular but the Church, seeing these games with a bad eye - because contrary to the moderate use of the passions - decided to prohibit them. It was in the 16th century, thanks to the rise of the printing press, that card games really invaded Europe. Soon after, games such as poker, blackjack or baccarat were developed in their turn. Cards and their characters have always conveyed an energy, a story or a message. This is especially evident in Italian casinos, which locals call migliori casino non AAMS.

Characters in History

According to historians, many of the cards are associated with a famous person who left a mark on his or her time. For example, the King of Clubs was inspired by Alexander the Great (4th century BC), one of the most famous conquerors of antiquity. He was said to be an outstanding strategist and visionary leader. The King of Spades is said to be related to the Old Testament, as it represents King David, the father of Solomon. David unified the twelve tribes of Israel into a single kingdom. He made Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish people.

The King of Hearts would carry a bit of the soul of Charlemagne (8th century), King of the Franks, who succeeded, thanks to his numerous conquests, in restoring the Western Empire. He became Emperor in the year 800 and is the symbol of the Carolingian renaissance. Finally, the King of Diamonds would evoke Julius Caesar (1st century BC), builder of an empire that dominated the Mediterranean for over 500 years. He proclaimed himself dictator for life and was assassinated in 44 B.C. by fifty conspirators who wanted to restore the oligarchic republic.

Focus on the queens of the card game

In a deck of cards, we find four queens. Each of them is marked by a woman who is remembered in history. The Queen of Diamonds is said to originate in the Bible, in the form of Rachel, mother of Joseph. Rachel is the symbol of the mother who gives her life for her children. The Queen of Spades is linked to Athena, the goddess of War and Wisdom in Greek mythology. Some researchers also draw parallels between the Queen of Spades and Joan of Arc, who saved the kingdom of France. The Queen of Clubs is said to have the features of a certain Argine, an anagram of Regina which means Queen.

Mystery surrounds this card of the Lady of Clubs, but it seems that Charles VII, who wanted to personalize the card game with members of his entourage, would have named this Lady of Clubs after his wife, Marie d'Anjou. Finally, the Queen of Hearts takes us back to biblical history. The Lady of Hearts is said to be related to Judith, a little-known woman who succeeded in seducing an enemy, the Chief of the Babylonians. It is said that Judith intoxicated this man before beheading him while he slept... The Lady of the Heart, symbol of Love and beauty, strangely carries the energy of a woman who is not very "delicate".

On the side of the Jacks

The Jack of Hearts leads us to Etienne de Vignolles, known as "La Hire", a friend of Joan of Arc. He would have tried to free her when she fell into the clutches of the English. Taken prisoner, he managed to escape. The Jack of Clubs plunges us into the legend of the Round Table with the figure of Lancelot of the Lake. Loyal to King Arthur, the Knight Lancelot fell madly in love with Guinevere, King Arthur's wife.


The Jack of Diamonds is said to have taken on the features of Hector, the son of King Priam who had his moment of glory during the Trojan War. Finally, the Jack of Spades would have been inspired by a Danish knight, Ogier, a legendary character in Denmark because he symbolized the resistance against Charlemagne. Each card carries an important moment in the history of humanity. Card games have so much to teach us.