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Royal Sex: The Scandalous Love Lives of the British Royal Family

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All these things were converging, says Robert Lacey, a historian and royal biographer. It was all part of “the upper-class excess, that led to the Labour [victory] the following year”. It was also a time, he says, when the media were willing to report salacious stories. Of course, there is no King who can compete in the popular imagination with the original Tudor Bad Boy, King Henry VIII, who came to the throne in 1509 and had six wives. In fact, however, Henry was more of a serial monogamist than a philanderer. As the writer Hilary Mantel, author of the Tudor epics Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies recently remarked, each time he married his mistress, he created a vacancy. When it comes to true perversion, there is nobody who can outperform the Roman emperors. We could have done the entire list just about their licentious ways, but instead we are just going to focus on one of them – Tiberius. We’ve all heard about the various deviances of Nero, or Caligula, but the actions of Tiberius might have been the most depraved of all… if they were true.

Swifties Threaten To Boycott Netflix When 'Taylor Swift: The Reputation Stadium Tour' Is Removed Next Month: "Does Netflix Realize How Many People Are Going To Cancel Their Subscription?" Henry was like a male Elizabeth Taylor - the only difference being that when he grew tired of his spouses, they had a one-in-three chance of being beheaded, usually on trumped-up charges of incest and/or – the gall of it – infidelity. Diplomatic marriages were a common practice among the royals and they were used as a valuable political tool to gain land, money, power, and heirs. The only person arrested in the matter was Leberecht von Kotze , the kaiser’s own master of ceremonies. He was released without charge soon after, but felt it was his duty to take revenge on the people he believed responsible for informing on him. Kotze started challenging some of the other male partygoers to duels and it did not pay off for him. He was injured in the first duel and then killed in the second after a bullet hit his intestine. The BBC’s new three-part drama, A Very British Scandal, might provide, hopes Lyndsy Spence, the author of a biography of the duchess, the “justice that Margaret deserves: to be understood and seen in a different light”.Henry came to the throne an 18-year-old virgin, and was first married to the widow of his brother, Catherine of Aragon, and did not embark on his first affair until 1514, when Catherine was pregnant (it was believed that having sex with a woman while pregnant could cause miscarriage).

Their union was not a happy one. They had two children together, but afterwards they lost interest in one another. George took a mistress and spent most of his free time with her, so it was not surprising when somebody else eventually caught Sophia’s eye. This was in July, 1820. George was the new king, but his coronation had not taken place yet and he did not want Caroline to be his queen. Unfortunately for him, the only grounds for divorce was adultery, so he went to trial, accusing his wife of “a most unbecoming and degrading intimacy ” with “a foreigner of low station” like Pergami.

Elizabeth and Robert Dudley had been close friends since childhood. When she became queen, she immediately made him Master of the Horse to reward his loyalty. This was a coveted position as it involved a lot of private time with her majesty. The two grew even closer together and Elizabeth seldom allowed Dudley to leave her court. None of it broke Margaret, who died in 1993 aged 80, says Spence. “Obviously she was humiliated, but anybody else would have been devastated and probably gone into hiding. Margaret moved past all of that. She carried on, and kept living the good life. I think that’s quite something, even for today, to have that courage.” Caroline Matilda lived a short life, marked by scandal and tragedy. In 1766, when she was just 15, she became the new Queen of Denmark and Norway by marrying her cousin, King Christian VII. That Campbell had stolen her private property and had committed his own adultery – theirs was an open marriage – was deemed largely irrelevant. The court found Margaret, who turned 50 during the long proceedings, had not behaved as a woman should, and particularly perhaps not as an older woman should. And she was punished for it. One of the principle reasons why Prince Charles’s detractors say he should not be King is because he indulged in an extra-marital affair with his now-wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles, when he was married to Princess Diana. But the outrage that greeted the revelation that the Prince of Wales was having an affair, especially when compared to the well-known licentiousness of the monarchs of the past, shows just how puritanical we have become in the 21st century, demanding that our rulers - even ceremonial ones - lead lives free from the blemish of sexual infidelity.

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