Maddest rulers in history

Tony McMahon investigates some of the maddest rulers in history from Charles VI who thought he was made of glass to George III who lost America.

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The filth and stench at Versailles

You may have seen the BBC drama series Versailles about the scandal and decadence revolving around King Louis XIV and his court in the late 17th century. He built a vast palace at Versailles into which the French aristocracy were forced to take up residence so the king could keep a beady eye on them….

Did the Knights Templar reach America?

Did the Knights Templar reach America? I hear a resounding “no” from medieval scholars everywhere but let’s go through the various theories about how the Templars may have been in the New World a century before Christopher Columbus. Our starting point is the decision in October 1307 by the king of France, Philip the Fair,…

Was George III really a tyrant – as the US constitution claims?

If you’ve read the US constitution then you’ll know that American colonists wanted to free themselves from this dreadful tyrant called George III. He was an absolutist monarch who imposed dreadful taxes without asking the people first. But…is the truth a bit different? Indulge me for a moment. George III was actually quite different to…