HISTORY Lists

Category: Royalty

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8 Things You May Not Know About Henry VIII

A monarch of outsized proportions, passions and appetites, King Henry VIII (1491-1547) ruled England for 36 years.

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10 (Allegedly) Mad Monarchs

Tabloid fodder for the ages, mad monarchs have been the focal point of fascination, and controversy for as long as there have been human rulers.

Buckingham Palace

7 Surprising Facts about Royal Births

In honor of the impending arrival of Britain’s newest heir to the throne, get the facts on royal babies.

Andrew Carnegie

7 Amazing Rags to Riches Stories

Get the facts on seven people who defied the odds to establish themselves among the richest and most powerful figures of their time.

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7 People Who Pretended to be Royals

History is filled with examples of ambitious swindlers who took on the identities of kings, queens and other royals.

Caligula

7 Things You May Not Know About Caligula

Find out whether the much-maligned emperor was as crazy as they say.

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7 Historical Figures Famous for Something They Never Did

Find out the truth about seven people who’ve become forever linked with something they never did.

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6 Child Monarchs Who Changed History

Find out about six young rulers whose actions and decisions had very grown-up consequences.

Barbara Palmer

4 Mistresses Who Changed History

Meet four powerful women who bedded but never wedded their paramours, leaving their mark on history by serving as confidantes and advisers.

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6 Notoriously Bad Mothers-in-Law

Your mother-in-law may be meddlesome, but chances are she doesn’t hold a candle to these legendary ladies.