The Unbearable Banishment: Inbred Royals on Parade!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Inbred Royals on Parade!

How’s this for an introduction:
"The proliferation of inbreeding among royal families, as documented in Appendix II, spawned a tragic historical heritage of simpletons, “sad-heads,” and hideously deformed imbeciles, all laughingly given powers beyond their comprehension."
Who *wouldn’t* get sucked into a book like that?!

A British gentleman I work with pulled my name for the Secret Santa exchange this past Christmas. Knowing my mania for all things British and royal, he bought me Mad Kings & Queens: History's Most Famous Raving Royals by Alison Rattle & Allison Vale, a fantastic book about how the royal lineages of Europe and Britain have been genetically corrupt by centuries of inbreeding. This book isn’t a serious study but, rather, a scandalous look at the worst of the worst. I’ve treated myself to a few delicious morsels just before drifting off to sleep at night.

The most heinous ruler was Vlad “The Impaler” of Walachia (1431-1476). He’s reported to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Among other atrocities, he would impale his own subjects with wooden stakes, plunged from the anus to the mouth. To insure an agonizingly slow death, the stakes were smoothed and oiled so that no vital organs were damaged as they passed through the body. Gross!

Poor Ferdinand I of Austria (1793-1875) had a pleasant temperament but because he was “…a descendant of the inbred Hapsburg line, it was no surprise that he turned out to be a monstrous genetic mutation.” I know how he feels. His parents were kissing cousins. As a result, he was born with a huge swollen head, a vast nose, the famous Hapsburg drooping lower lip and a vacant expression. He was a simpleton and it is said that the only complete sentence he every spoke was, "I am the Emperor, and I want dumplings." Yet, he was crowned! There were guys just like him in my shop class in high school, except that a crown did not sit upon their father's head.

The common thread that seems to run through all this blue blood is that the majority of these Royals had insatiable sexual appetites. That goes for both the Kings AND Queens. But, think about it. If you had supreme Godlike power over a nation, wouldn’t you do a lot of experimenting in the bedroom? I doubt that their appetites were any different than anyone else; they just had better opportunities.

What exactly is a “sad-head,” anyway? Is that a British colloquialism?

25 Comments:

Blogger Scarlet Blue said...

Due to the voracity of their sexual appetites I reckon that we are all spawn of these blue bloodied devils... and in any case I look well in ermine.
Sx

January 19, 2011 at 8:19 AM  
Blogger Sausage Fingers said...

I suppose having "Godlike" rule over a nation or even an empire would do much to quench even the most prolific sexual appetite. Imagine having the power to just say "Who is next?" and having a wench or three delivered. The sad-heads seem to be the "Drip" like nature of royals in general, boring and ultra-vanilla at best. I think you yanks have done the world a favor with your democracy experiment, the last thing the world needs is another collectible dinner plate set adorned with the smiling mugs of some future king or queen.

January 19, 2011 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

SB: That would explain these odd thoughts pinging around my mind on a moment-by-moment basis.

SF: What about the Kennedy's? Weren't they our royal couple for a bit? And don't forget, we have Queen Latifah.

January 19, 2011 at 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Sid said...

I think the more money and power you have, the more you're allowed to "experiment" in the bedroom. Ppl are more willing to overlook your affairs/adulteries. Even your trophy wife might me willing to sacrifice her dignity. Well, that's my opinion anyway ... I think ppl or more than willing to sell their souls for a Prada handbag.

January 19, 2011 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Jayne said...

And what did Vlad do with those undamaged organs? That's quite a graphic.

January 19, 2011 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Sid: I'd like to think that if I were in that position I'd be able to exercise some self control. But you never know what you're capable.

Jayne: You should read the chapter! It's disgusting! Needless to say, one look at all those impaled bodies and invading armies turned around at the boarder and went right back home.

January 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Sausage Fingers said...

At least the Kennedy's were not boring, even the old ones were rippin' and tearin' all over the land
and don't forget:
King James aka Lebron

January 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Eryl said...

If I were the emperor I'd want dumplings.

I've never heard the term 'sad head' before, but it suits a number of people I've met.

January 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Sadhead: I would have said was an Americanism. Unfamiliar to me.

January 19, 2011 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

SF: Excellent point! King James should marry Queen Latifah. Oh...waitaminute...

Erly: I can look up from my desk right now and see some sad heads. Sometimes, I can look in the mirror and see a sad head.

Pat: Just checked the colophon. The book WAS published in the U.S.! So I guess it's ours. We made it up.

January 19, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Sausage Fingers said...

I have always been happy when getting..
better leave that one alone.

January 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM  
Blogger kyknoord said...

I, too, want dumplings.

January 19, 2011 at 4:22 PM  
Anonymous daisyfae said...

Bush = modern day Hapsburg. "i can haz prezdenci?"

January 19, 2011 at 6:42 PM  
OpenID moreidlethoughts said...

I think Pt's right...it's not a known English term.
I shall look for that in my library.
And, Mr. SF...sorry, old chum, but it's a dime to a dollar you'll get a truckload of Wills n Kate plates.

January 19, 2011 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

kykn: But you're no Emperor. Back of the line, please.

Daisy: That's true! He was crowned king, in a sense and is a moron. One in the same.

MIT: I want a plate! I wonder if they're sold here in the States? I'll stop in at Macy's and see. Just watched a wedding news segment on the BBC. Looks fabulous.

January 19, 2011 at 10:53 PM  
Anonymous nuttycow said...

Nope - never heard the word "sad-head" before.

Sounds like a great book though - may have to look it up when next in the UK.

January 20, 2011 at 6:26 AM  
Anonymous Sid said...

So yeah, just learnt that I might be coming to New York! In June/July. Soooo excited!

January 20, 2011 at 7:09 AM  
Blogger The Unbearable Banishment said...

Nutty: Nice to see you! I'm beginning to think that this book, and the expression, had nothing whatsoever to do with the UK.

Sid: Ah, HA! Another victim! Erm--I men GUEST. I'll begin preparations. That's a great time of year to see NYC. Actually, ANYTIME is a great time of year to see NYC, IMHO.

January 20, 2011 at 7:32 AM  
Blogger Kono said...

the last bit about better opportunities says it all. I'm home with a sick kid, i might possibly be going insane.

January 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Anonymous nursemyra said...

sounds like my sort of reading

January 21, 2011 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous mcz said...

ooh, i totally want to read this now. excellent book review.

yet more reasons i'm thrilled i have no connection to the royal bloodline (although the queen mum was my fave as a child). i have enough challenges in my genetics without lacking a chin, or being exceptionally vacant, or having my upper lip fall off (or whatever it was).

January 26, 2011 at 12:05 PM  
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