Cruel Kings and Mean Queens (Horrible Histories Special)
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his body was taken on a boat, down the Thames and round the Kent coast. A story went about that a fierce storm sprang up during the journey. The superstitious crew believed it was because the unlucky king was carrying his bad luck with him … so they threw the king’s body over the side and popped another body in before the funeral at Canterbury. A silly story, but … the king’s tomb was opened in 1832. The archaeologists found… • The inner coffin was a completely different shape from the outer
there? Yes, a spinning wheel. Since then her tall, grey, hooded figure has been seen wandering round, arms raised and pleading, before she disappears through a wall. At Hampton Court she has lots of ghostly royal company, including little Ed’s mum and dad. Foul fact Edward died of a lung disease, tuberculosis, at the age of 15. But he also had one or two other nasty symptoms… Funny fact Edward was a good student. He had to be. His teacher, Dr Cox, used to beat him if he did badly in his
lessons. Edward got his own back by setting up lots of schools (so other boys could go there and get beaten). Even the royals had a hard time as children… 1 When Charles I’s wife, Henrietta, gave birth to a son she was a bit disappointed. He was a strong, healthy child but his mother had to admit… The ugly baby grew up to be Charles II. 2 Anne’s son, Prince William, was always weak andw sickly. He often lost his balance and was frightened of climbing stairs without help. But if his father,
his father’s illness and even doing a cruel imitation of his sick father. George’s tale of terror The butler lifted George’s cases down from the carriage and passed them to a footman. ‘Take them to the Brown Room,’ he ordered. The footman’s eyes widened. ‘The Brown Room! Surely…’ The butler’s face hardened. ‘Don’t argue, man. His Highness will be sleeping in the Brown Room tonight! Now get a move on!’ King George shook his head. White powder from his wig drifted down in the calm evening air.
priests say prayers. On his way to meet the French King, Louis, Henry stopped to hear prayers every time he met a priest on the road. This made him very late for his meeting. Next time Henry went to meet Louis, the French king had priests banned from the route! Jester’s joke Henry was often called ‘Simple’. Yet a Jester said… Whose zoo? Whose zoo was the first zoo? Henry III’s, that’s whose zoo. Henry was given three leopards as a present by Emperor Frederick II. Henry kept them in the Tower