Many of us are familiar with the standard European pack [AmE deck] of 52 playing cards which are used for playing both solitaire and competitive games. The pack is divided into four suits; hearts, diamonds, spades and clubs . What is the origin of playing cards? Why do the suits have these names? How did we standardise the design of the picture cards?
From history, we know that both Egyptians and Romans played number games. We have found numbered stones, used as dice, by Romans. Playing cards were first used in China during the 9th century. A woman from the Teng dynasty, in this period, published the first book of card games. By the 11th century, playing cards were used throughout Asia. Playing cards were used for informal games, gambling games and even for predicting the future.
Playing cards were introduced in Europe in the late 14th…
View original post 1,073 more words