35 Fascinating Facts about Kings – Part 2

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1Agha Mohammad Khan

Persian King Agha Mohammad Khan once ordered the execution of two servants for being too loud. Since it was a holy day, he postponed their execution by a day and made the servants return to their duties. They murdered the king in his sleep that night.


2. King Louis XV of France was stabbed in an assassination attempt, and fearing he was about to die, called his wife in his room and confessed to numerous affairs, asking for forgiveness. His thick winter clothes protected him, and the wound was only superficial. He survived


3. King Charlemagne kept his daughters at home with him and refused to allow them to get sacramentally married. However, he accepted their extramarital relationships. He rewarded their common-law husbands and treasured his illegitimate grandchildren.


4. During the Christmas of 1819, King George III, who by then was completely blind, increasingly deaf, had dementia, was in pain from rheumatism and suffering from another bout of insanity, spoke nonsense for 58 hours.


5. King Bansah is an African king that lives in Germany and works as a mechanic and at the same time that rules his kingdom in Ghana.


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6Edward I

Before Edward I was king of England, he was a prisoner of Simon de Montfort. One day, he asked if he could ride the guard's horses and raced them one by one. When he got to the last horse, he rode off to freedom, and all the other horses were too tired to give chase.


7. King Alexander of Greece was killed by a monkey when he attempted to break up a fight between his dog and the monkey. In the middle of breaking the fight up, he was bitten by another monkey and later died of his wounds. He was only 27 years old.


8. King Louis IX of France, who died in 1270, was the only French monarch who was ever venerated as a saint. He invited beggars to eat with him at his table daily and replaced trial by combat with evidence-based trials.


9. King Louis XVI of France was condemned to death by a majority of only 1 vote. Amongst those who voted in favor of the execution was the king's own cousin, Philippe Égalité, with whom the king did not have positive relations. Philippe himself would be guillotined on the same scaffold a year later.


10. Richard the Lionheart, the King of England, barely spoke a lick of English and collectively only spent about 6 months in England.


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11King Charles II

King Charles II used to tease his mistress for sleeping late. It is reported that he offered her "all the land she could ride around before breakfast". The next morning he found her already sitting for breakfast after encircling an area currently known as Bestwood Park.


12. Henry II of England, the king who uttered the famous phrase "Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?" got beaten up by 80 monks as part of his penance for his part in said priest's death.


13. Louis II of Hungary had a premature birth during 16th century. The court doctors kept him alive by slaying animals and wrapping him in their warm carcasses as a primitive form of an incubator.


14. After King Louis XVI was guillotined, several onlookers ran forward to dip their handkerchiefs in his blood that had dripped onto the ground.


15. King Farouk of Egypt was nicknamed the ‘Pickpocket King.’ He became infamous for stealing Winston Churchill’s pocket watch. He was a known kleptomaniac and often stole personal belongings from several rulers. Upon his escape from Egypt, authorities found the world’s largest porn collection among his other belongings.


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16King Conrad III

When King Conrad III placed Weinsberg under siege, the castle wives made a deal which let them leave with whatever they could carry on their shoulders. Leaving everything else, each woman took her husband and carried him out. Conrad laughed and said, "A king should always stand by his word."


17. Henry the Young King was crowned junior king while his father still reigned. He had revolted wanting the throne. Defeated once, Henry rebelled again but suddenly died of dysentery. Upon hearing news of his son's death, Henry II remarked “He cost me much, but I wish he had lived to cost me more.”


18. In 1193, King Philip II of France married Ingeborg of Denmark. On their wedding night, he discovered that she had such horrible breath that he refused to let her be crowned the Queen of France.


19. In 2017, it was revealed that the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, had been serving as the First officer on Dutch airline KLM flights twice a month for 21 years, even after his ascension to the nation's throne in 2013.


20. Prussian King Frederick William I had a regiment of very tall men, known as the "Potsdam Giants". The taller they were, the more they were paid - and they were paired with tall women, to breed giant soldiers. However, they were never sent on active service, as they were considered too valuable.


21King Hormizd II

When Sassanid (Iranian) King Hormizd II died, his oldest son reigned for a few months and was killed by the empire's nobles, who then blinded the second son, and imprisoned the third son. The crown was placed upon the pregnant queen's womb, crowning the unborn son, who later ruled for 70 years.


22. King Christian VII of Denmark would randomly slap diplomats mid-sentence as they discussed affairs of state and leapfrog visiting dignitaries when they bowed to him.


23. King George III had a reply to the Declaration of Independence sent back called An Answer to the Declaration of the American Congress. It picked apart the Declaration at length, including pointing out that one cannot claim "all men are created equal" when the Colonies still allowed slavery.


24. King Leopold of Belgium had between 1-15 million Congolese people murdered while he exploited their area for rubber.


25. King Frederick II used reverse psychology on his peasants who refused to eat potatoes because they tasted horrible. To stop the food famine he sent his guards to guard fields of potatoes and the peasants started stealing them and growing their own.

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