most people have 16 great-great-grandparents. Charles II of Spain (see below) only had 2. this inbreeding caused a few issues - his autopsy said “he did not contain a single drop of blood; his heart was the size of a peppercorn; his lungs corroded; his intestines rotten and gangrenous; he had a single testicle, black as coal, and his head was full of water.” managed to live to the age of 38, which is kind of a medical miracle.
Edward IV of England is rumoured to have had his brother drowned in a barrel of wine
Jewish people were expelled from England in 1290 and only allowed back under Ollie Cromwell in 1657 - meaning the law lasted for longer than the length of time that has passed since it was repealed. (this is pretty jaw-dropping to me)
Anne of Cleves was famously divorced by Henry VIII (well, annulled technically as they never banged), but less famously after the annulment they became pals and she was referred to as ‘the king’s sister’. how is this still more normal than what the Habsburgs were getting up to???
sorry, all my history knowledge is concentrated in this one area pretty much but this is why #historyweek is good as I’ve learned some new things. teach me your fun historical facts! fuck the haters!!
The wording’s weird but I reckon if you’re just mates and want a reason to stay there rent free you’ll be all ‘aw come on we’re like family’
Wonder if they ever got drunk and made jokes about chopping her head off
Vividly remember the day in History lesson at school when I decided to wheel this nugget out for the enrichment of all our collective knowledge and the teacher is like “hmmm, well actually I’ve never heard that so I reckon it’s wrong. You are wrong. Look, class, this boy is wrong”.