Disgusting & Odd Habits Of Roylas. Sleeping With Corpses, Throne Combined With A Toilet, And More.
Currently, when we think of any royal family, we probably immediately see Queen Elizabeth II and her loved ones. The Queen of Great Britain from the Windsor dynasty is associated with not only longevity and devotion to duty, but also with exceptional care and elegance. The monarch and her family have invariably attracted a great deal of press and media attention over the years. The truth is, however, that the lives of members of royal families over the centuries have always seemed fascinating. Apart from making history because of their rule, in the eyes of ordinary people, they were extraordinary characters and lived in their own world full of extravagance and luxury. During times of great monarchies, members of royal families styled themselves as lofty, stylish, and cultured individuals. As it turns out, however, this was not always reflected in reality. Some of the most historically famous figures had rather strange and disgusting habits. Despising bathing and combining the throne with the toilet are minor quirks compared to a certain queen who slept with her dead husband's corpse! What other strange behaviors or hobbies did some kings and queens display?
James I King of Scotland and England despised bathing
James I, was born in 1566 in Edinburgh. He was one of the few who managed to rule two nations. He made history as King of Scotland (James VI) from 1567-1625 and King of England from 1603-1625. While his reign established a unity between England and Scotland, this achievement is often overshadowed by the fact that the king did not like to bathe, or more accurately, never did. He had a great aversion to water, which led to a lack of hygiene. He did not even wash his hands. He made an exception only for his fingers - after eating he rubbed their tips with a slightly damp napkin. James did not have many qualities to be liked. He did not have a masculine attitude, did not care about his appearance, walked around neglected, did not care about the elegance of his speech, and was said to have salivated profusely.
Charles VI, king of France thought he was made of glass
Charles VI was born on December 3, 1368, in Paris and also died there, on October 21, 1422. He was the son of King Charles V of France and Joanna of Bourbon. He himself became king of France and ruled from 1380 to 1422. He began experiencing attacks of psychosis in his twenties. About 10 years into his reign, he began to lose his mind, and he suddenly developed a mental illness that would not leave him until his death. The times of his reign were interspersed with periods of his madness and lucidity. Charles VI called the Beloved and later Mad claimed to be made of glass and was not to be touched. He was afraid of sudden movements because he thought he might shatter and did everything to protect himself from this. He reportedly had iron rods sewn into his clothes so that he would not shatter if he came in contact with another person. As a result of his progressive illness, he stopped preferring to bathe and rarely washed. In 1405, he did not change his clothes for almost six months.
King Henry VIII of England and a bowel movement servant
King Henry VIII Tudor of England (reigned from April 21, 1509, to his death in 1547) is best known for splitting the Roman Catholic Church and establishing the Church of England, independent from the pope but subordinate to the king of England. He also made history by having his two wives sentenced to death and executed by beheading, and by taking his bowel movements very seriously. He had a special servant who was in charge of carrying a portable toilet behind the monarch. This allowed the king to defecate wherever he went. The person in this position also had to be constantly vigilant, watching the king during meals, how much he ate, and under what circumstances, to anticipate the moment when Henry VIII would need his services. While such a job may seem like something strange and horrible today, at the time it was a very responsible, respected job and also one of the more sought-after positions at the English court. The king's valet had intimate access to the monarch, had the right to live in the castle, and received a high salary.
Louis XIV the Great and his throne combined with a toilet
Louis XIV, King of France and Navarre also called the Sun King was born and died in France. He lived from 1638 to 1715. He became the ruler of France and ascended the throne when he was only four years old. Self-obsessed and pampered, Louis XIV was one of the least embarrassing rulers in history and conducted many personal activities in front of his subjects. And we're not just talking about changing clothes, but also using the toilet. Simply put, the king and his court smelled bad, and not just because he bathed only three times in his lifetime. The king had a throne that also served as a toilet. He had no problem using this invention in public, for example during the proceedings of his court. The French court smelled rather strange, so in order to hide the stench, Louis had a special team to design perfumes. He enjoyed dousing himself with the resulting scents.
Queen Maria Eleonora slept with her late husband's heart
Not only men have found their place on today's list. Another figure worth mentioning is Maria Eleonora Hohenzollern, Princess of Brandenburg, Queen of Sweden. She was born November 11, 1599, in Konigsberg, and died March 28, 1655, in Stockholm. She is included in today's list because of her behavior after her husband's death. On November 25, 1620, in Stockholm, she married King Gustav II Adolf of Sweden, who came from the Vasa dynasty. Their marriage was a very happy one, the couple had a daughter Christina, who was the only one to survive infancy. Maria Eleonora loved her husband so much that when the king died at the Battle of Lützen and his body was taken to Sweden, she had his heart removed from his chest and slept with it every night. The death of her beloved deeply shocked her, led to hysteria and depression. By order of the queen, the embalmed heart was placed in a golden casket, which she hung above her bed. According to the memoirs of her daughter Christina (who became Queen of Sweden and reigned 1632-1654), her mother made her climb into bed with her and forced her to sleep close to her dead father's heart.
Joanna I of Castile slept with her dead husband
Queen Maria Eleonora was not the only one who wanted to keep her dead beloved close. Her predecessor was Joanna I of Castile, known as Joanna the Mad, who treated her late husband, Philip I the Handsome, as if he were alive. Joanna of Castile, the nominal queen of Castile and Aragon, was born on November 6, 1479, in Toledo and died on April 12, 1555, in Tordesillas. She was extremely talented, spoke several languages, and also studied mathematics, civil and canon law, genealogy, philosophy, and history. From childhood, she was groomed for the role of the queen at some European court, but she showed a tendency to withdraw into herself or to have uncontrollable temper tantrums. These problems intensified in adulthood. In 1496 she became the wife of Philip I, Archduke of Austria and Duke of Burgundy, son of King Maximilian I of Habsburg of Germany. According to information, it was love at first sight and from both sides. Philip and Joanna had six healthy children, who later sat on the thrones of all Europe. Unfortunately for Joanna, Philip's first infatuation passed rather quickly. He began cheating on his wife, who became obsessively jealous. When she stayed away from her husband, her fits of rage and depression increased. In 1506, Philip fell ill with typhoid fever. He died at the age of 28, nursed by his wife who was pregnant with their sixth child. A distraught Joanna forbade the burial of her husband. Instead, she kept the first representative of the Habsburg dynasty in Spain in her room and treated him as if he were a living person - having his body carried, placed in the marital bed, dressed and undressed. At first, it was not widely known that Philip had died. Those who inquired about him were told that he was asleep and not to be disturbed, and Joanna's servants were forced by the queen to treat his decaying body with the same respect they would show a living king. She agreed to place the body in a coffin when she was assured that it would hasten Philip's resurrection. Accounts from the time tell of opening the coffin with Philip's embalmed corpse, kissing it, carrying it everywhere with her, and finally scenes of jealousy when any woman came near. Joanna was obsessively jealous of her husband's corpse. Not wanting any woman to come near Philip, she ordered him to stop only at men's convents, for fear that other women would be overwhelmed by lust.
The King of Sweden and death from overeating
Adolf Frederick, who was king of Sweden from 1751 to 1771, loved to eat. His reign was interrupted by death from overeating. His beloved delicacy was semla, sweet rolls dipped in hot milk. However, when he ate 14 of them immediately after a lavish dinner, at which he consumed lobster, caviar, smoked herrings, sauerkraut, cabbage soup, and champagne, and then reached for his beloved dessert, his body could not hold out. He died shortly thereafter, of a heart attack, complaining of extreme abdominal pain. However, this is not an isolated incident, and Adolf Frederick was not the only monarch to die of overeating. In similar circumstances, the life of Henry I of England also came to an end when he chose his favorite dish as his last meal. When he went to Normandy to visit his daughter and her second husband, he died there after feasting and eating too many lampreys.
#OTD King Adolf Fredrik of Sweden died at Stockholm Palace in 1771. He is buried at Riddarholmen Church in Stockholm.— Royal Circular (@Royal_Circular) February 12, 2018
He was King 1751 until his death. Following his death, his son Gustav III seized power in 1772 in a military coup d'état, reinstating absolute rule. pic.twitter.com/l0gWScYtdu
Charles II of England and the pubic hair wig
King Charles II of England and Scotland was born on May 29, 1630, in one of the oldest palaces in London. At birth, he was given the titles of Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay, and shortly thereafter Prince of Wales. As a young man of about 20, he became king of England and Scotland. In addition to his affairs of government, he also had another, more personal project, which he began in 1651. Every time he went to bed with a woman, he would pull out some of her pubic hair. Later, he would sew the hair of his favorite mistresses together until he created a wig that way. When the headdress was thick enough, the king supposedly donated the wig to Beggar's Benison, a Scottish club where men met, discussed, and drank alcohol. According to accounts, they liked the wig so much that they were happy to use it for various ceremonies over the years.
King and the largest collection of pornography
Last on our list today is a ruler whose reign ended about 70 years ago. King Farouk of Egypt and Sudan, ruling from 1936 to 1952, was the great-grandson of Muhammad Ali and son of King Fu'ada of Egypt. Faruk I reportedly had the largest and finest collection of pornography in the world, which he kept in many mansions, including Rome, Cairo, and Monaco. However, when Farouk's empire collapsed, the collection was seized by thieves. Forced to abdicate, King Faruk left his country without resistance and settled in Rome. In 1965, he died of overeating in a luxury Italian restaurant.
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