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What famous Scottish king was a leper?

June 6, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), liberator of Scotland and King of that country from 1315 until his death, was a victim of leprosy. The Scottish King had made a vow to go on a crusade to the Holy Land, but was prevented from doing so, first by wars at home and then by the disease that he knew would …

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Who said: “The king is dead! Long live the king!”

March 29, 2017 | Author: | Posted in History

This expression seems to be of French origin. It was used in France to announce the death of a king and the accession of his successor to the throne, signifying that the country was never without a sovereign. William Blackstone, in his Commentaries on the Laws of England (1765) expressed the same idea in, “The …

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What queen reigned after death?

December 8, 2016 | Author: | Posted in History

Inez de Castro, wife of Dom Pedro, King of Portugal in the fourteenth Century, is often referred to as the Queen who “reigned after death.” She became the morganatic wife of Dom Pedro while he was heir to the throne. The Prince’s father, the King, seriously objected to the marriage. He feared the powerful Castro …

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