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The Mystery Of The King Of Hearts And His Sword

The King of Hearts playing card has an intriguing, even mysterious image. People have long noticed the King of Hearts’ curious pose. It shows the king holding a sword behind his head. Or is he stabbing himself? Because of his pose the card has been called the suicide king.

In some playing cards the design makes it appear as if the sword-wielding hand belongs to another person: a third hand. Perhaps it belongs to an assassin? On many of these designs the sleeves of his two hands don’t exactly match. The reverse side of the card also gives the appearance of both hands holding his wardrobe while a mysterious third hand appears from behind wielding a weapon.

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