Wednesday, 21 September 2016

A Bit of an Old Card

We were at the Château de Langeais (more about that later) and I discovered something that is quite interesting: the face cards in a pack of French playing cards (and therefore British and US cards too) are based on historical characters.

Caesar as the King of Diamonds.

Who knew? This is one of a set of seven tapestries hanging in Langeais. They were created in 1530 as a set "The Nine Worthies" for the chateau at Chauray (nope, me neither). The others will follow in due course.


  1. Take your word for it that it IS Caesar!!
    Duzzent look Roman to me!!

  2. At first glance, I thought it was a tapestry wrt François 1er and Suleyman the Magnificent but then I saw the Wiki reference you had highlighted.