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Modern playing cards are filled with layers of meaning and symbology that can be traced back centuries. The four kings, for example, are based off of real rulers: the king of diamonds represents the wealthy Julius Caesar, the king of clubs is the brutal Alexander the Great, Spades represents the strong but kind David of Israel and Hearts represents the… emotionally disturbed, shall we say, Charles VII of France. It is this king that we will be dealing with today. It should also be noted that Charles was the only one of the four who was actually there to see the day that his face was printed on a playing card, which may rationalize why he acted apart from the others.

Charles’ visage was put on the king of hearts at the very beginning of his rule, but he never really got a chance to come into contact with playing cards until many years later when he became very ill with a fever and was informed that he would be bedridden for the rest of his life. It was during this period that Charles began learning card games to pass the time, such as an early version of black jack, “vingt-et-un” (twenty one).

Charles lay in his bed for two years, constantly fiddling with the cards and always getting weaker. As time continued to pass, there were reports that Charles had begun obsessing over the idea that the king being the thirteenth card in a suit was causing him bad luck. He talked about how he was starting to see the number pop up everywhere and that he was close to figuring out its secret. Of course, his ramblings were blamed on the fever, and by the end of the second year, he had been declared insane, and his son Louis XII took over the thrown.

One day, several months after the end of his reign, one of Charles’ physicians went to his chamber to find the frail old man standing in the middle of the room wielding a large sword. Before the doctor could react, the king said, “Ils m’ont montré la vérité de treize, et il n’est pas signifié pour les yeux mortels.” which roughly translates to, “They have shown me the truth of thirteen, and it is not meant for mortal eyes.” Without hesitation the king proceeded to ram the blade in through the left side of his head (between the ear and temple) until it came out the other side. He wavered a moment, before collapsing to the floor dead.

After the incident was announced and it was made public that the king had gone mad, the image of Charles on the king of hearts was altered to show himself offing himself. Although the picture is now shown significant-ly less graphically, the image of Charles thrusting the sword into his skull can still be found on modern day playing cards. Perhaps the strangest part of the whole story, however, is the day that Charles chose to kill himself: 7/6/1462. Whether or not it was intentional of the king, the facts that 6+7=13 and 1+4+6+2=13 can only be explained as coincidences.

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Credited to John ♠.

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  • http://www.creepypasta.com Sarah

    inb4 lots of bawwwing in the comments about the fact that this fictional story posted on a site dedicated to creepy fiction isn’t 100% historically accurate after people wiki Charles VII to make themselves feel smart ;)

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  • First

    Second!

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  • Anonymous

    Well it was cute.

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  • President Obama

    Not bad, not bad at all.

    I am a horrible president btw.

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    • http://What? Kristofen

      …You have made me smile sir.

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      • Anonymous

        I hate obama to

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        • Anonymous

          I bet your a republican.

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  • BeccaTheCyborg

    Not bad, even for the awkward French.

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  • SINISTAR

    You know, a lot of kings who actually did kill themselves. I know you were going with the “Charles” thing for the heart of cards, but really.

    Also, minor nitpick beyond any minor nitpick, you want Louis XI instead of the XII

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    • Inside-us

      You’re not the only one with a nitpick. A simple google search will determine that he killed himself on July 22, 1461, not on July 6, 1462.

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  • John ♠

    I did try to include some historically accurate elements. The K♥ really is based on Charles VII, and he really did get sick for the last 2 years of his life and eventually go mad, although playing cards had nothing to do with that. To save you people the time:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playing_card
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_VII_of_France

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  • http://www.HatchetRadio.com Leffy

    It was more accurate then most of this type. He did go mad with fever at the end of his reign but he actually died of starvation and dehydration…. Which did make it better that, like all of the scariest legends and myths, there was that grain of truth. I love it. Definately will think of it every time I pick up a deck of cards.

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  • Non-moose

    Uhm… inb4 THIS PASTA SUCKED!

    Because I know it wasn’t all that great… and grammar Nazis will be ALL over this. I didn’t like it, but thats my personal opinion.

    Of course, all comments are purely opinion…

    Nevermind.

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  • John ♠

    @ Leffy: Thank you. In my original story, I actually had it so that the king died of starvation/ dehydration as a result of attempting to decapitate himself with an ax but accidently slicing his mouth. This version was definately more accurate, espicially since it is also a fact that the K♥’s sword was originally an ax. Maybe I should have posted that version since people reading it online have access to wikipedia and whatnot, but as a campfire story this version really freaks people out.

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  • RutilusHemal

    Symbology? Now that Duffy has relinquished his \"King Bonehead\" crown, I see we have an heir to the throne! I\’m sure the word you were looking for was \"symbolism.\" What is the ssss-himbolism there?

    3.5* out of 10

    * + .5 because it made me laugh.

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  • AlixeTiir

    http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k140/Katlynn_Hanks/Cards/king-hearts.png

    Wow, he really is stabbing himself in the head on the card.

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  • Kryptography

    I thought this one was great – close enough to historical events to be interesting, and intriguing because nobody really knows for certain where the iconic “suicide king” image comes from.

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  • http://channelislandsghosttrackers.com Deathbecomesme

    Not scary at all…but I liked the history….

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  • Svenly

    I actually had to pull out a deck of cards and check that there was indeed, Charles VII offering himself. Yes, it\’s true. For two different decks.

    Also, I thought the king of hearts was Charlemagne not Charles VII. Or are they the same person? I really don\’t remember much about the French kings.

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  • ApathyBear

    I liked how it was short and blunt.

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  • ;-;

    I liked this, ngl. I really liked the history element and everything. Kinda creepy, really. Better than the usual.

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  • Anon

    The only tiny nitpick I have is that \"Ils m\’ont montré\" translates to \"they showed me\" not \"they have shown me\".

    But this was a very refreshing pasta, to say the least.

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  • Andy Christo

    Got to “symbology,” and stopped reading to point out that the word you are looking for is fucking SYMBOLISM god dammit.

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  • The Listener

    This one was interesting, to say the least.

    It was well told, and is the kind of pasta that hints at some intangble knowledge not meant for mortal eyes, and I can respect any storyteller that tries to capture that.

    It was a bit weak on the delivery, but overall a decent pasta

    7/10

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  • KatieBug

    It wasn\’t necessary \"creepy\" but it was in it\’s own way. I liked it. It was short and to the point. The title was chosen perfectly. I enjoyed this pasta. (:

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  • Pasta

    I object to this non-creepy dreck even bearing my name.

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  • Charles VII of France

    The main problem with this is that the earlier decks had four face cards (Page, Knight, Queen, King), so the decks would have had 56 cards with 14 per suite, making the king #14, not #13. On top of that, the profiles on the cards varied by the location they were printed at, and the modern King of Hearts is a poorly copied version of the ones printed in Rouen, which were not actually based on anyone. Other than that, it’s a pretty solid story.

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    • Anonymous

      No Not really. In poker
      there is only J then Queen and then king.

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  • http://dirjel.deviantart.com Dirjel

    This was a really great \"urban legend\"-type pasta.

    Good stuff.

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  • The blue stain on the wall

    ‘Throne’ was spelled incorrectly in the 3rd paragraph, and if I didn’t already research into the subject I would of found it more entertaining.
    1/5

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