Posted by Bruce Kahl on March 20, 2001
In Reply to: Deck of Cards posted by Q on March 20, 2001
: This is not exactly a phrase question but of an origin.
: Someone told me that in a deck of cards, the Jack's, Queens and Kings were actual reigning people at one time from ie: England, France, Spain and the 4 symbols (Heart,club,spade,diamond)represent something about them.
: I feel as though there may be a portion of truth here.
Yes, but it all depends on whose truth you want to believe. There are many theories on who is who depicted on English playing cards. Then there are French cards, Indian cards etc etc.
The link below is very informative.
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