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43 Weird Facts About Monarchies

BY JENNIFER CRUMP | NOVEMBER 30, 2017


Kings and queens have fascinated people since the earliest monarchies, and with good reason. The kind of power that monarchies can hold is bound to create interesting and even scandalous situations. Below, we’ve gathered some of the oddest facts about monarchies both old and new.


Monarchies Facts

43. A Real Nice Guy

French soldier Jean Bernadotte was once nice to some Swedish soldiers, who then told their friends about him back home. Bernadotte became so popular in Sweden that they actually elected him king in 1818 when their own royal family was about to die out (they also liked the idea of a ruler with military experience). The Bernadotte family still rules in Sweden today.

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42. Grandmother of Europe

Due to her extreme matchmaking with both her children and grandchildren, Queen Victoria of England ensured that her grandson, King George V, was related (by blood or marriage) to almost every royal house in Europe.

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Unfortunately, her descendants also carried the debilitating blood disease hemophilia to many of these royal houses.

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41. Confess Your Sins!

The French monarchy often relied on brute force to provide confessions to crimes. Such was the case with Madame de Brinvilliers, a noblewoman who was accused of killing her father and two brothers for personal gain.

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She confessed to the crimes, but only after being forced to drink 16 pints of water, which was called the “water cure”. Frankly, she’d probably have confessed to shooting Santa Claus after that.

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