The Kings in a deck of playing cards are modeled after real life monarchs

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The Kings in a deck of playing cards are modeled after real life monarchs.

By: Patrick Coveny, Fall Editor and Reporter

The King of Hearts is Charlemagne of France, the King of Diamonds is Roman Emperor Augustus Cesar, the King of Spades is David, King of Israel, and the King of Clubs is Alexander the Great of Macedonia.