Occasionally it is said that there are specific historical figures that are represented by the jacks, kings and queens in a deck of cards. One theory claims when playing cards were first created the kings represented four of the great rulers in western history: Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Charlemagne and the biblical King David. This is certainly possible, but based on my reading over the years there is probably no single correct answer. It seems to have been a specifically French tradition that first appeared in the 1500’s when French playing card makers started to include names printed on the face cards. But these names were not always consistent and could vary from one artist/printer to the next. Other historical rulers named on French cards were Augustus, Solomon, Clovis and Constantine. Queens, could include Joan of Arc and the Greek goddess Pallas/Athena or Juno the Roman queen of the gods, and the biblical figures of Judith and Rachel. Jacks included Lancelot, Ogier (who was carried off by Morgan lya Fay in the Arthurian tales) Hector of Troy, and La Hire a hero of France.

The practice of printing names on the face cards eventually died out with the anti-royalist sentiments of the French Revolution. If we consider the fact that playing cards first appeared in Europe around the 1370’s and the names did not start appearing on them until the 1500’s -and only in France- it makes it harder to say there is a direct connection between specific historic or legendary figures and the images appearing on the cards.

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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