random knoweldge of the day: cards

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:50 pm
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A jack or knave is a playing card which, in traditional French and English decks, pictures a man in the traditional or historic aristocratic dress[.]

In the English pattern,[2] the jack and the other face cards represent no one in particular,[3] in contrast to the historical French practice, in which each court card is said to represent a particular historical or mythological personage. The valets in the Paris pattern have traditionally been associated with such figures as Ogier the Dane (a knight of Charlemagne and legendary hero of the chansons de geste) for the jack of spades;[4] La Hire (French warrior) for the Jack of Hearts; Hector (mythological hero of the Iliad) for the jack of diamonds; and Lancelot or Judas Maccabeus for the jack of clubs.[5][6]

In some southern Italian decks, there are androgynous knaves that are sometimes referred to as maids. In the Sicilian Tarot deck, the knaves are unambiguously female and are also known as maids.[7] As this deck also includes queens, it is the only traditional set to survive into modern times with two ranks of female face cards. This pack may have been influenced by the obsolete Portuguese deck which also had female knaves. Also, the modern Mexican pattern has female knaves.[8]

(from wiki)


Interestingly, in Hebrew it's named "a prince"

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It Never Happened: takes place between S5 and S6, bittersweet, Giles/Spike, has Ethan but no happies for Ethan (no big sads either, and hey, he's alive and gained money, so that's good).

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