Playing card history
Playing cards have an incredibly rich and mysterious history. There are examples that can be traced to China dating all the way back to 1294. Early decks had no Queens, which reflected the fact that courts were male-dominated, they had a King and 2 Marshalls. Even today Italian, Spanish, and German cards have a variation of the 3 male court cards. The exception is the French design, which does have a Queen.
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