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The Madness of Monarchs
Royalty & Monarchs
"Throughout history, we come across ruling figures whose behaviour was considered anything but normal, so much so that even their staunchest defenders could not class them as being the full quid. Here are ten of them. (twitch, twitch)"
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Emperor Zou Houzhoa of China's Ming Dynasty fitted into this category. One of the odder things he did, during one of his bouts of believing he was just an ordinary citizen, was to turn the inside of his palaces into designs resembling what?
Prussia's Frederick Wilhelm I had a total obsession with the military lifestyle, which even extended to his own family. How did he have his young son wakened every morning?
Had him tossed into a cold bath
Had the Reveille played in his bedroom
Had a sergeant major roaring in his ear
Had a cannon fired under his bedroom window
Which sad king of Bavaria built the enchantingly beautiful Schloss Neuschwanstein castle?
King Edward VIII
King Ludwig II
King Louis XVI
King Richard III
During his most severe bout of madness, Charles VI of France believed he was made out of which substance?
China's terracotta warriors, located in the tomb of its first Emperor Qin Shi Huang, continue to fascinate the world today. What was the obsession that led to their creation?
The Emperor had an overwhelming fear of death
The Emperor was terrified of pottery
The Emperor had a total dread of dentists
The Emperor was obsessed with chocolate cake
Did you know that, in the 19th century, America once had an Emperor of the United States? This poor man, one Joshua Abraham Norton, was lucky enough to have his delusions of grandeur humoured and catered to openly by the people of which Californian city?
Turkey had a series of insane and diabolically cruel Sultans during the 16th and 17th centuries. The worst of these was Ibrahim I. He was prone to having all his concubines gathered in the one area, so that he could do what?
Show them his etchings
Gallop around them neighing like a stallion
Serenade them on a set of bagpipes
Play Snakes and Ladders with them
Juana the Mad, the first queen of the Hapsburg dynasty, spent all her married life being overwhelmed by which all consuming passion towards her husband?
Poor old George III of England is possibly the most well known of all the rulers troubled by mental instability. Today it is theorised that "Mad King George" suffered from which medical condition?
Caligula, Emperor of ancient Rome, was one of the most diabolical and unbalanced rulers in history. Which animal did he attempt to have named a citizen, priest and Consul of Rome?
His cat, Sylvester
His bear, Winnie
His canary, Tweety
His horse, Incitatus
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Compiled Jun 28 12