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Craziest stories from history

[quote]Emperor Xiaohui (Liu Ying, Emperor Hui of Han) kept his step-brother King of Zhao (Liu Ruyi,King Yin of Zhao) by his side in the palace and checked for poison in any aliment delivered to him. Emperor Xiaohui also brought Liu Ruyi with him wherever he went. In one early morning in the twelfth month of the first year of Emperor Xiaohui, the emperor went on a hunting trip; this time King of Zhao was left alone because he could not wake up early. Emperor Xiaohui supposed his mother would not plot against King of Zhao as several months had passed without any occurrence. Nevertheless, Empress Dowager had an assassin force venom down King of Zhao's throat...When the Emperor came back, Liu Ruyi was already dead. She then had Concubine Qi's limbs chopped off, blinded her by gouging out her eyes, cut off her tongue, cut off her nose, cut off her ears, forced her to drink a potion that made her mute, made her dumb with toxins, and locked her in the pigsty, and called her a "Human Swine" (人彘). Several days after, Emperor Xiaohui saw the "Human Swine", and after realising who the "Human Swine" was, the emperor was so sick of his mother's cruelty that he virtually relinquished his authority and indulged in carnal pleasures.

She then went on to rule as empress of the Han Dynasty for 15 years. When she died, everyone in her clan was slaughtered.

by Anonymousreply 18September 15, 2021 1:42 PM

The Empress Dowager went on to rule as empress?

by Anonymousreply 1September 14, 2021 4:44 PM

R1 Her son was technically in charge, but he all but abdicated power to her.

by Anonymousreply 2September 14, 2021 4:45 PM

Pretty much like Cixi. Technically Empress Dowager but very much in charge.

by Anonymousreply 3September 14, 2021 5:22 PM

I’m surprised that the concubine didn’t die from quadruple amputation. I guess they had surgical capabilities we didn’t credit them with.

by Anonymousreply 4September 14, 2021 5:24 PM

What about poor Lady Jane Grey?

by Anonymousreply 5September 14, 2021 5:26 PM

If you want to feel deeply disturbed, read the details of the execution of Robert-François Damiens in 1757.

by Anonymousreply 6September 14, 2021 5:56 PM

The first governor of New York was a cross dresser.

[quote]Lord Cornbury was infamously alleged to have opened the 1702 New York Assembly in drag. He wore a "hooped gown and elaborate headdress and carrying a fan, much in the style of the fashionable Queen Anne."[62] A 2018 editorial in The New York Times on gender issues suggested that Cornbury was transgender.[63] Ross, writing in 1988, called him a "transvestite" and takes his cross-dressing as fact.[59] However, Bonomi (1998) concluded that he was not a crossdresser, as a royal governor could not have publicly cross-dressed without severe censure.[64] Bonomi further stated "there is no evidence to indicate that Cornbury was a homosexual",[65] but that it was difficult to conclude whether or not he was transgender.[1] She notes that Cornbury's preoccupation with "military matters and manly honour" could be evidence of trying to compensate for gender dysphoria, or that the death of his wife in 1706 may have "emboldened him to attempt to "pass" in public as a woman."[66] Bonomi ultimately concludes that Lord Cornbury's crossdressing was invented by his political enemies[page needed] in order to "assassinate" Cornbury's character.[67]

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by Anonymousreply 7September 14, 2021 6:00 PM

The Hagia Sophia has Viking graffiti.

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by Anonymousreply 8September 15, 2021 1:09 AM

In the Margaret Mitchell museum in Atlanta, there is a photograph from the premiere of Gone With the Wind, for which the city of Atlanta, or maybe MGM, arranged to have a number of local citizens dress up in costume to reenact the film’s Civil War setting. One of the groups asked to participate was a local church congregation of children and adults who dressed as slaves, including the pastor’s son—Martin Luther King, Jr., age 10, visible in the picture.

Looking at the photo I felt furious (what would his life had been if he was born decades earlier?) (MARY!), mixed with curiosity about whether that night charged him with purpose in some sense. A strange crossroads of history.

by Anonymousreply 9September 15, 2021 1:45 AM

Martha Graham is about 64 dancing the role of the bride in her masterpiece Appalachian Spring in this televised performance from 1958. She would live until she was 96.

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by Anonymousreply 10September 15, 2021 1:53 AM

OP, nothing has ever changed in Chinese history.

Just watch.

by Anonymousreply 11September 15, 2021 2:09 AM

R4, they had cauterization, which can be life-saving but adds to the horrible torture exquisitely.

After centuries, they knew the difference between torture with death in life and execution. And we had centuries more to further perfect the work.

Such a loss, with the filthy, greedy rabble defecating in my palaces.

by Anonymousreply 12September 15, 2021 2:17 AM

I'd suggest the life of Jesus Christ but that had nothing to do with fact, much less history.

by Anonymousreply 13September 15, 2021 2:19 AM

R10, What an interesting recording--not just Graham, but a Black woman as the second female lead and a Japanese dancer in the quartet--all back in 1958.

by Anonymousreply 14September 15, 2021 8:01 AM

China originated death by 1000 cuts. Mean MFs.

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by Anonymousreply 15September 15, 2021 9:01 AM

Here’s an all-time Romanian delight!

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by Anonymousreply 16September 15, 2021 9:11 AM

Oh well, you might just look them all up.

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by Anonymousreply 17September 15, 2021 9:14 AM

Let's not forget Unit 731! Not very long ago.

by Anonymousreply 18September 15, 2021 1:42 PM
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