Cribbage is one of the earliest and most enduring of the Classic Card Games. Although there is some myth as to the origin of the game, its creation is generally credited to an Englishman, Sir John Suckling (1609-1642). Cribbage was known as "Noddy" prior to the modification of the rules by Sir John. He was a very wealthy man, inheriting a small fortune at the age of eighteen. Travels throughout Europe helped to broaden Sir John's repertoire, and he was regarded as the foremost cardplayer of his time. In 1630, he was knighted by the King, but fell from grace several years later.
In 1641, he was involved in a conspiracy to save a friend who was jailed in the Tower of London. The plan failed and Sir John had to flee England for the Continent. Unable to return to his beloved country, he ended his life a year later, at the age of 33. The game of Cribbage is his legacy.