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    Princess Alexandra Of Bavaria

    Princess Alexandra Of Bavaria

    [ranking: 16]
    Royal Title: Princess of Bavaria
    Crazy Quirk: Princess Alexandra was convinced she swallowed a glass grand piano. 
    As the 23-year-old Princess of Bavaria, Alexandra became convinced she swallowed an entire glass grand piano as a child and that any sudden movement would shatter the instrument. She was said to walk sideways through doorways and corridors to avoid breaking. Although the princess's delusion has become a part of her quirky reputation, scholars speculate she suffered from something Robert Burton calls "The Glass Delusion" in his psychological study, The Anatomy of Melancholy in 1612.
    The Glass Delusion is thought to be a form of melancholy in which the sufferer believes they are made of glass. Another notable victim is King Charles VI of France who did not think he'd swallowed any fragile instruments, but rather believed his body to be especially breakable. 

    George III Of The United Kingdom

    George III Of The United Kingdom

    [ranking: 20]

    Vlad The Impaler

    Vlad The Impaler

    [ranking: 17]
    Royal Title: Prince of Wallachia
    Crazy Quirk: The real life namesake of Dracula, Vlad loved to impale his enemies.
    Vlad III was born in 1431 in what is modern-day Transylvania. That same year, Vlad??s father, Vlad II, became a member of the Order of the Dragon, a group devoted to the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. This Order bestowed upon Vlad II the surname ??Dracul,?? meaning dragon. Vlad III, as the son of Dracul, went by ??Draculea." 
    Turks captured Vlad III and his brother, keeping them captive throughout childhood. When Vlad III finally returned home, a usurper sat on his father??s throne. He reclaimed the throne and set out to consolidate his power. He invited hundreds of noblemen to his palace for dinner, but had his guests stabbed and impaled on stakes. Among his other atrocities: when Ottoman envoys refused to remove their turbans, Vlad III nailed them to their heads... and, of course, he lived up to his historic nickname by impaling dozens of merchants and masses of Ottoman prisoners of war.
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    Maria Eleonora Of Brandenburg

    Maria Eleonora Of Brandenburg

    [ranking: 1]
    Royal Title: Queen of Sweden
    Crazy Quirk: She tried to kill her daughter when she couldn??t give the king a male heir.
    Maria Eleonora??s goal as queen was the same as many other women of her era: give her husband a male heir. When she didn??t achieve her goal, she went crazy. Maria Eleonora bore her husband, King Gustavus Adolphus, a girl named Christina in 1626, and she immediately rejected her daughter, calling her a monster. More than once, she allegedly tried to kill Christina by pushing her down stairs and dropping her.
    When the king died, Maria Eleonora's insanity went next level. She refused to bury Gustavus's body for more than a year and slept below a hanging casket that contained his heart.

    Peter III Of Russia

    Peter III Of Russia

    [ranking: 5]
    Royal Title: Tsar of Russia
    Crazy Quirk: A child in a man??s body, Peter may have never consummated his marriage because he was too busy playing toy soldiers in bed.
    Catherine the Great??s husband, Peter III, had a much less successful royal career than his wife. Poor treatment by a sadistic tutor left Peter in a state of arrested development, making him unfit to rule. In 1742, when he was 14, his aunt, the Empress of Russia, brought him from Germany to Russia with the intention of making him her heir. Peter hated Russia, and the Russian people hated him just as much.
    When Peter married Catherine at 17, it was clear from the start they were a bad match. Catherine was intelligent and driven, while Peter was a stunted man-child. Peter and Catherine??s sex life was not much better. It is unclear whether they ever consummated their relationship, as Peter was more content to play toy soldiers in bed and make his wife dress up in military gear to run drills. He was also a mean-spirited drunk who called Catherine a "stupid whore" in the middle of a banquet. One story about Peter contends that when a rat bit the head off one of his beloved toy soldiers, he gave the rat a proper court martial and trial before he had the vermin hung from tiny gallows he constructed. 

    Nebuchadnezzar/Nabonidus

    Nebuchadnezzar/Nabonidus

    [ranking: 19]
    Royal Title: King of Babylon
    Crazy Quirk: He spent seven years living like an animal in the forest.
    According to the Book of Daniel in the Christian Bible, ?Nebuchadnezzar?, the king of Babylon, came down with a seven year spell of madness. In his insanity-induced state, he retreated from society, lived like an animal, and ate grass like a farm animal.
    This story of madness has long been associated with Nebuchadnezzar, who ruled from 605 to 562 BC, but recent scholars are unclear whether the writer meant Nebuchadnezzar or another king of Babylon, Nabonidus. It??s possible that the translation got mangled because both Nebuchadnezzar and Nabonidus had sons named Belshazzar, and Nabonidus a reputation as an eccentric. Regardless of which man lived out the story described in the Book of Daniel, the story deserves a spot in the annals of mad royalty.

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When we think of royalty, beautiful princesses and charming princes come to mind. History reveals that real-life rulers were sometimes more akin to villains in storybooks: deformed hunchbacks, crazed witches, sleazy morons, and murderous families. Whether these weird royals were born that way or the job drove them to do dastardly deeds, a number of royals throughout history exhibited signs that something wasn't quite right. For some, it was just a strange quirk here or there. For others, a debilitating problem that left them unfit to rule their own kingdoms. 

No one can deny that, despite the perks, being a royal is complicated. Access to massive riches can corrupt you. You must make decisions that determine the well-being of entire populations. All the while, there are people out there who probably want nothing more than to see you dead. This could lead anyone to developed warped priorities. Here's a list of the weirdest royals and strangest royal families throughout history, what made them that way, and how it might have affected the country they ruled. 

 

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