Oh love The eternal riddle ... and a burden. It required mastery of the art of seduction and a certain open and sexual mentality of royal lovers, while princesses and queens demanded a virtue beyond doubt. A loverless king was weak, a traitor queen was a traitor.
The power of their sex was determined solely by their fertility, but behind closed curtains the queens had to deal with matters of state and heart. Few coins in the hands of their families, pawns in intricate power games, victims of arranged marriages, these queens never stopped looking for true love desperately, thoughtlessly, madly, sometimes throwing themselves into business that consumed them deeply.
Here are some of the cheating Queens in history:
Perhaps due to hormonal imbalance, Queen Victoria had an insatiable sexual appetite, comparable to nymphomania. She can't get enough of her husband. After Albert's death in 1861, Victoria never recovered and dressed in black for the rest of her life.
The problems After years spent in isolation, John Brown came to the favors of the queen, a Scotsman who accompanied her on her hunting and fishing trips. It seemed like the beginning of a beautiful 20-year friendship, but their compelling correspondence reveals more than friendship. When she died in 1883, the queen went mad with grief.
In 1887 Karim Abdul, 24, came to court to serve at the queen's table. Victoria was 68 years old, still crying for Albert, the love of her life and John Brown. Karim was tall, dark and handsome. In less than a year, he became the Queen's closest confidant, attracting the wrath of the court.
Their relationship was far from Victorian, it was against the rules, it was taboo. After the queen's death in 1901, King Edward VII had all the evidence destroyed. Or at least he thought he did. Karim's diaries have recently appeared, shedding light on Queen Victoria's last great love.
9. Maria de Rumanía, the "Man-Queen
" sexual scandals, illegitimate children, a strong will and an unconditional love for a country that was not even hers. An assertive woman of rare beauty, a brunette with piercing blue eyes, her contemporaries called her the "queen of man".
Princess Mary of Edinburgh married Ferdinand of Hohenzolern-Sigmaringen in 1892, the heir to the throne of Romania. He was 17, he was 10 years older than her and he hated him. Marie had six children. Not all of them belonged to Fernando.
His contemporaries could not stop gossiping about their affairs with German envoys, Polish counts and Romanian politicians. Ferdinand himself was aware of his indiscretions, but decided to turn a blind eye. Her second daughter, Marie "Mignon", was the product of a relationship with an officer, Zizi Cantacuzino.
The love of his life was Prince Barbu Stirbei, a handsome man with deep brown eyes. Ileana and Mircea, her youngest children, showed a curious resemblance to Stirbei who did not go unnoticed. Her son, Carlos II, exiled her lover to end the adventure. In her letters to her old friend, she was crying desperately for love, sadness and despair. In return, Stirbei has always finished his passionate texts with five letters: me and m (I love you, my Marie).
8. Marie Antoinette, "Madame Deficit
" We have seen all the films and we have all heard the rumors.
But are they true? Marie Antoinette was not exactly the prostitute that most of the stories portray her, but there was a special person in her life besides her husband.
He was 15 when she married Louis XVI, the French dolphin, who was most fascinated by the locks and hunting of his charming wife. For seven whole years their marriage remained unfinished.
Louis gave his wife a small and charming gift, the Petit Trianon, a three-story house strategically hidden in the most remote corners of Versailles. It was a great honor to be invited to Queen's Den and to those who have not started talking about debauchery, orgies and secret affairs.
Marie met Swedish soldier Hans Axel von Fersen at a dance in Paris when she was still the Dauphine. A handsome and chivalrous man, he was a frequent visitor to his Petit Trianon and even had his apartment right above his.
Nobody can say for sure if their love has been consumed, but their secret correspondence written in invisible ink shows their great mutual affection. And loving a man other than your husband is still cheating, right? During the French Revolution, when Marie and her family were imprisoned in the Tuileries, Fersen planned their escape. He mortgaged his home and borrowed large sums of money, but the plan turned out to be a failure.
7. Marguerite de Valois
the price of freedom Reigns twice, an instrument of mediation, a dangerous hostage, an inconvenience that had to be eliminated, Marguerite was Catholic at the helm of a Huguenot country, whose mission was to bring peace.
The seventh daughter of Henry II and Catherine de Medici, Margo was the bait in a criminal ambush that endangered her life, the day of St. Bartholomew, sacrificed by her mother at the altar of political convenience.
Extremely seductive, the pearl of the court and the pride of the Valois family, Marguerite saw no reason why she should not surrender to the wishes of her heart. Margo hated her marriage to Henry, and they both fell in love.
Joseph Boniface de La Mole was said to have been the first, although the queen does not mention it in his memoirs, perhaps to ward off allegations of complicity in his conspiracies against the king.
Then she met Louis de Bussy d'Amboise, whom she found simply irresistible. But both lacked two important virtues: discretion and prudence. In 1580, when he was 27, he fell in love with Jacques Harlay, Seigneur de Champvallon, his "beautiful sun".
Having gained a reputation for weak morale, Henry III exiled her from Paris. In 1585, in an incredible gesture for her time, she abandoned her husband and traveled from one city to another, consuming lovers until she was finally captured and imprisoned in Usson Castle, where she spent the next 20 years of her life , first as a prisoner. , then as Spanish
6. Catherine Howard, the rose without thorns
In 1539 Catherine Howard came to court as the pending lady of Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII of England. As soon as the king saw her, he was hypnotized. In 1540, his marriage to Ann Cleves was canceled and Catherine immediately became his fifth wife and queen of England. Thomas Cromwell, who had organized the previous royal union, was beheaded on his wedding day. Still at her best, young and beautiful, Catherine found herself married to an obese old man who simply could not love, and her past indiscretions soon seized her.
In her youth, Catherine joked with her music teacher, Henry Mannox. He also shared the bed with Frances Dereham, who were called "husband" and "wife", who at the time were considered an unwritten premarital contract.
In her day as Queen of England, less than a year after her marriage, Catherine began flirting with Thomas Culpeper. The two have often had clandestine encounters, but nothing as scandalous as their next move: he brought his former lovers, Henry Mannox and Frances Dereham to court. It wasn't long before Dereham started bragging about his old business. Catherine was accused of lack of chastity and adultery and was sentenced to death. She was stripped of the title of queen, her lovers Derham and Culpeper were beheaded, with their heads exposed on London Bridge.
5. Caroline Mathilde, the Royal Menage in Trois
In 1766, Princess Caroline Mathilde, 15 years old, wept from England to Copenhagen and during the marriage ceremony with King Christian VII of Denmark. Two years older than her, Christian was still a boy, thin, pale and pampered. He didn't even want to become king and a few days after the wedding he realized he didn't want to get married. He started acting like a bachelor, hit the brothels and got drunk on the streets of Copenhagen.
The marriage was eventually completed and the Queen of Denmark gave birth to a son. But Christian was mentally unstable and his condition was worsening.
In 1769 Johann Struensee, a German doctor, came to court and soon became Christian's most trusted. Young and handsome, she was the first person to really listen to Caroline. After gaining the queen's trust, he became her lover, turning her into a brave woman, pushing her to take power, convincing her that it was only a matter of time before Christian lost sanity.
With the consent of the king and queen, Struensee took control of the country, trying to make it an absolutist state. Chaos has erupted, violent rebellions and reforms have devastated Denmark.
Caroline gave birth to Struensee's daughter. Happy and madly in love, she closed her eyes on her lover's extreme political ambitions. Enraged by his indecent behavior, his enemies took a hit. Blamed for adultery, Caroline was induced to confess her relationship with Struensee. Her lover was executed and sent into exile. In 1775, at the age of 23, he died of scarlet fever.
4. Mary Stuart, queen of Scotland.
She was six days old when he inherited the Scottish throne. When he was five years old, he left his native land and went to the court of Catherine de Medici in France, where he got engaged to the four year old Dauphin Francis, whom he married when he turned 15.
A year later, the two became king and queen of France. Less than a year passed and Francesco died. A young widow, Maria returned to Scotland, queen of a country she knew nothing about. She was Catholic in a land of Protestants, surrounded by enemies, and hoped that marrying Henry Darnley would calm the troubled waters. It was a love suggested alone. He was an unscrupulous drunk.
While Mary was still in the French court, she met the Earl of Bothwell, a handsome and brave man, five years older than her. They both clicked immediately. When he returned to Scotland, Bothwell became his closest confidant. After her lover David Rizzio was killed by the jealousy that brought Darnley before her eyes, she hated her husband with every bone in her body and returned to Bothwell, whom she desired with more passion than ever. Darnley died in a mysterious explosion of gunpowder. Three months later he married the Earl of Bothwell, a Protestant. Their union led to war. Mary Stuart was deposed and imprisoned by Elizabeth I until she was finally executed for treason.
3. Queen Elizabeth I, the virgin queen.
She is known as the "Virgin Queen" because she never married. What you may or may not have done in the privacy of your bedroom is a completely different story, still shrouded in mystery. She gave false hopes to numerous marriage proposals, she never stopped flirting, yet he never married or had children. None of which we know anyway.
She entered, but it is difficult to say whether the business had been completed. However, there is no doubt that there was something between her and the young knights who bowed.
Elizabeth had good taste in men, choosing them wisely: the handsome, talented and young gentlemen, at best, could expect to receive their favors.
Ironically, the only man he could never marry was Robert Dudley, the love of his life. He had a horrible flaw: he was already married. Elizabeth and Robert remained close until her death. He is said to have missed him terribly ...
Sir Walter Raleigh entered the scene to fill the void in the Queen's heart. He had everything, good looks, charm, talent and a sense of adventure. But he made a terrible mistake by getting married secretly, angering Elizabeth and losing her favors. Robert Deveraux, count of Essex, was the last of the queen's favorites. When they met in 1587, Elizabeth was 53 years old. Devereaux was still a teenager.
They were never separated and he was often seen leaving the Queen's apartments in the morning. A spoiled child has planned a hit. Elizabeth did not hesitate to order her execution by beheading.
"Snake of the Ancient Nile" was the last of the ranks of seven talented and determined queens who ruled Egypt under the name of Cleopatra who earned the reputation of "snake of the old Nile". as Shakespeare called evocatively in his tragedy, Antonio and Cleopatra.
Beautiful and self-assured, her reputation was slandered by her Roman enemies, who accused her of arrogance, debauchery and crime. In 51 a. C., Cleopatra ascended the throne with her brother, Ptolemy XIII, who, according to Egyptian traditions, was both her brother and her husband. She was 18, he was 10.
After Ptolemy attempted to remove Cleopatra from the throne, she formed an alliance with the Roman Empire through Julius Caesar. He was 22 years old.
She was 30 years older than him. Their relationship was of political interest, both seeking power. In 47 a. C., gave birth to a son, Cesarión. Caesar never recognized the boy as his, but Cleopatra accompanied the general to Rome, where he lived with him until his murder in 44 BC. C.
Cleopatra saw a new opportunity to use the power of Rome to recover the lost lands of Egypt when she met Marco Antonio in the year 41 a.
They didn't know that their meeting would change the fate of the empire and their love story would be experienced as one of the most romantic tragedies in history. Angry after Antonio divorced his sister to marry Cleopatra, Octavius Augustus declared war on Egypt.
Antonio and Cleopatra were defeated in Greece and both fled home. Separated and hidden, Antonio received a false letter stating that his love had committed suicide and decided to stab him with the sword.
Severely injured, she was taken to Cleopatra's hiding place, where he died in his arms. With a broken heart, he committed suicide by allowing a snake to bite her.
1. Catherine the Great, the eighteenth-century cougar
First, let's clarify something. Catherine the Great did not die on horseback, nor did she die in the bathtub, although the latter seems much more plausible.
No, a boring and accident-free death passed away, she had a stroke and died in her bed. Only. However, looking back on his life, it is easy to see where these rumors might come from. Although Catherine wasn't particularly interested in horses, she really liked hairdressers ...
Daughter of a Prussian prince, Catherine married the Romanov family with a clear purpose: to have a son. Grand Duke Peter showed no interest in making love to his beautiful, thin, blue-eyed high wife, the perfect Russian doll, so Catherine found other ways to have fun.
She seduced the secretary of the British ambassador Stanislaw Poniatowski. The matter produced a daughter and a few years later made him the king of Poland. In 1754, he gave birth to a son, Paul. In his memoirs, he admits that it was Sergei Saltikov, a Russian military officer.
Catherine, a strong and intelligent woman, knew that she was nothing more than a pawn in a spiteful game of power. He planned a coup, eliminated Peter and conquered the empire in 1762.
The love story
Prince Grigory Potemkin was in vain, overweight and missing an eye. But love has its forms ... Catherine met him in 1774. It was a breath of fresh air, and she abandoned all her lovers in her favor. She made him a prince, but he wanted more. Catherine knew she had to let him go. The two remained close friends and rekindled the old flame every time they met.
When Catherine died on her way to make peace with the Turks, she said the words “Who do I trust now? Prince Potemkin played a cruel turn on me when I die! It is upon me that now bears the burden. She never recovered from her pain.
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