Though the kings of the Christian orbs were considered the “Lord’s Anointed", it did not stop them from completely surrendering to various vices, for which, in fact, no one dared to judge them. History knows many such examples, and among them there are a number of names known to everyone from the school curriculum.
Drunkenness and gluttony
It has emerged that King Henry VIII was famous not only for his religious reforms, his six wives and dramatic story with Anne Boleyn. At the end of his life, the monarch was excessively addicted to booze and food, which made him very fat and too heavy to lift. However, neither excess pounds nor awful gout prevented him from giving up drinking and overeating.
Indeed, Napoleon Bonaparte did not express himself very intelligently, either in oral speech or in writing. The case is that French had never been his native language. Born in the belonging to Italy at that time Isle of Corsica, Napoleon began to learn French only at the age of 10 and, of course, learned it, but an ineradicable Italian accent remained with him until the end of his life.
Henry III of Valois received the nickname "woman king" for his effeminacy. He was lucky to have attractive appearance, he was handsome, and besides, too ceremonious. Henry was famous for his elegance, love for jewelry and beautiful clothes, the floor in his bedroom had always been strewed with flower petals. And the most interesting thing is that the monarch surrounded himself with a retinue of well-groomed young men in elegant clothes and curled locks of hair, which, however, did not prevent him, when it was necessary, to manifest his military and state genius.
And the Swedish king of the 18th century Adolph Frederik had very warm relations with sweets (probably, therefore, he was good-natured and proved to be an exemplary family man). The king was so fond of sweets that one day, after a substantial dinner, he demanded 14 servings of a sweet rolled cake with cream, after which he had an assault. So he died - as it appears in the annals, "after the feast." And the medical reason of his death was never diagnosed - who knows, perhaps, the acute pancreatitis or diabetes is to be blamed.
The King of Bavaria, Otto I, was excessively addicted to smoking. He smoked up to 36 cigarettes per day and used countless amounts of matches. Due to certain problems with the psyche, somehow mysteriously, he could not learn how to light them one at a time, and therefore he whipped with the whole bundle. Later, other oddities began to take possession of him: for example, from some point he stopped using napkins during the feast, wiped himself with a table cloth, and got outraged if the door was locked.
Everything was well
with the King of Poland Vladislav II Yagello, who lived in the XIV century: he
was a talented military commander and a pro-active sovereign with an extraordinary
mind. It was he who won a decisive victory in the Battle of Grunwald,
liberating his people from the Teutonic Order. However, all people have flaws. The
same thin was with this monarch: he was terribly afraid of evil spirit. Every
morning he broke a straw before pulling his right leg out of bed, and nothing could
break this tradition.