Monday, March 11, 2019
Book Review: Treasury of Royal Scandals is a national bestseller book written by Michael Farquhar
A Treasury of Royal Scandals is a national bestseller countersign written by Michael Farquhar that describes The Shocking True Stories of Historys Wickedest, Weirdest, closely Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors. This book is a random collection of different lofty families and individuals who despite t heritor military umpteen differences, arrive some(a) similarities. However, they ar often no- level-headed and negative similarities. No matter what soul, family, or civilization soul is lecture about historic all in all in ally, six themes seem to always come up, are discussed, and are debated.These themes include religious intolerance, repel for the common public, dysfunctional per tidingsal lives, constitutional pursuit of dynasty, a sense of superiority, and inequality towards women. These themes have influenced the outcomes of history from past periods to pre move and whitethorn continue to in the future. It is within these themes that the similaritie s between the good deal and families mentioned within this book can be found. phantasmal freedom may be something that many people in the United States take for apt(p) today, but people who lived during Pope Gregory IXs rule were more(prenominal) familiar with religious intolerance.Pope Gregory IX had made his uncles persecution of heretics an authorized function of the church when he established the Inquisition in 1232. During his rule, Catholics were advance to squeal on other peoples acts of heresy, children testified against their parents, and mothers testified against their children. Anyone accused of heresy was dragged before papal inquisitors to answer charges, and once condemned, a victim was sent to be burnt at the stake. The entire town of Champagne, France was even frame in on trial and burnt at the stake after the topical anesthetic bishop was accused of allowing heresy.After Pope Gregory IXs death, Pope devoid IV came to rule and improved upon the inquisition m ethods. He now allowed dun to be used, but scarce allowed a person to be hurt once. Unfortunately for those people, however, one torture session could last several weeks. It became pellucid during the time of the inquisition, that at that place was no religious freedom what so ever. If there was one person whose life exemplified a disregard for the common people, that person was Gregory Rasputin.Rasputin was a greasy, drunken peasant, with the manners of a barnyard pig, and a staggering berth of b. o. o boot, he was also king of creepy (194). Of course, a man who cultivates this kind of reputation for himself clearly has no concern for the opinion of others. Rasputins look were legendary a pale blue color with the king to pierce and caress, while still looking naive and cunning. Rasputin used these eyes to dominate each person he was talking to with non only the intensity they had, but also the way he continually stared at people for long periods of time. Rasputin influe nced and dominated the royal family through Alexandra, the married woman of the tsar, who was dodge to his inner intentions.Although Alexandra refused to see this, the people saw perfectly. The people knew that Rasputin was a tarradiddle whose influence on society was becoming more and more general as time went on, and eventually all of it would end in an arise of some sort. Eventually, Rasputin was killed after many dramatic tries by Yusoupov (richest man in Russia and tsars nephew by marri eld). It seemed that Rasputin was non ready to die, however, since he was poisoned, tang, shot twice more, beaten upon, and drowned before he was tell dead.Although many problems passim history were between rulers and their people, some rulers also had dysfunctional personal lives. A good example of this is Napoleon, who chose to divorce his first wife in put up to marry someone else who could possibly give him an heir, and who was constantly fighting with his buddy (Joseph). Childless , Napoleon named his nephew heir to the throne, which outraged Joseph. Joseph had assumed that he would be heir to the throne and believed that he had the right to the throne as the eldest section of the family.This assumption outraged Napoleon in return, and the quarrel between the ii brothers continued. Over time, Napoleons strive for power caused other arguments among his siblings, and in the end only three brothers (out of seven siblings) played active roles in his empires. It could probably be said that many of the rulers throughout history had their instinct on everything, but what was best for their people. Therefore, it is only natural that Austrian Empress female horse Theresa constantly had her mind on creating a dynasty. mare was an especially unexpended monarch, who created the Chastity Commission a special department of the police charged with suppressing vice. It was said that Maria even played a part in the commission, disguising herself and roaming Vienna in s earch of her unfaithful husband. When she was not busy storming the bedrooms of her people, she punishing on marrying off her children to the families that would help strengthen her position. One episode that showed Maria Theresas priorities was one involving her son Prince Joseph.He was heir to the throne and had go in love. Unfortunately, however, Princess Isabella of Parma (his chosen one) was a lesbian and had her eyes on someone else besides Prince Joseph. Maria Theresa never would have tolerated a lesbian relationship, that could exist the dynasty, but that all ended when Isabella suddenly died of smallpox at the age of twenty-one. Despite the Prince being devastated by his loss, Maria Theresa wasted no time and immediately remarried him to a bride, whom he dared not even touch with his flick because of her painfully ugly appearance.There were few rulers, especially monarchs, who lacked a step of superiority over ordinary men (34). Louis XIV of France definitely did not l ack this trait of monarchs. In fact, Louis XIV also felt himself to be superior to other monarchs. It was said that Louis refused to be grouped with other kings under(a) the term Their Majesties because, he explained, from that there might be deduced an equality which does not exist (34). During Louiss seventy-two-year-reign (longest in European history), he strove to have all of the glory and prestige of France focus on himself.Louis controlled everything from tree maintenance to how visitors should cipher the garden of Versailles in a specific way to honor him. cardinal actions of Louiss particularly displayed his feelings of superiority. The first of these actions was when he decided to call himself the cheerfulness king, because he wanted to be the sun and light up everything for all of France. However, it seemed that Louis wanted to light up things for himself, not France, as shown by his beside action that practically put France into bankruptcy. The Sun King rebuilt and e nlarged the stronghold at Versailles, which he had fallen in love with at a young age.Versailles became an icon that resembled the prosperity of France for the time, while it also almost group France into bankruptcy. Perhaps it is the story of Henry VIII and his wives that seems to fit into almost every theme. However, it is Henry VIIIs inequality towards women that stands out the most, as he divorced half of his wives for their ladies in waiting who were living in the said(prenominal) household throughout the entire divorce process. Henrys disregard for womens rights was legendary, as he married and divorced frequently in his conquest to have a son, who would become the heir to the throne.For example, Henry declared himself Supreme Head of the Church in England in order to formally divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, by declaring their marriage unlawful. As a result, Catherine was never given a fair trial, and her only daughter (Mary) was declared illegitimate. Religiou s intolerance, disregard for the common public, dysfunctional personal lives, extreme pursuit of dynasty, a sense of superiority, and inequality towards women have all influenced history. However, although there have been many rulers involved in scandals, those rulers have also done great things.At the times of some of these scandals, the accepted practice was different, but civilization has progressed to an only when different level. Even though history may repeat itself some time or another (and has in many cases), it is some of these scandals that have brought us to where we are today. For example, it was Henry VIIIs second wife Anne Boleyn who bore Queen Elizabeth (The Virgin Queen), all as a result of Henry VIIIs desire for a son and divorcing his first wife. So, encourage others to bring up, discuss, and debate these topics, which have helped shape history, good and bad, to the point it has reached today.