Each king that you see on a set of playing cards did actually exist, and has a historical background. The King of Spades is King David, found in the Bible. The King of Clubs was Alexander the Great, of Macedonia. The King of Hearts was Charlemagne, the Emperor Charles the Great, and the King of Diamonds was Julius Caesar the great Roman Emperor.
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