Historical conundrums…

Why would a chap who looked like this…

Have a problem with a woman who looked like this?  

Just wondering…

Is he blind?

On the other hand, he did hate Napoleon, so he can’t be all bad.

32 comments on “Historical conundrums…

  1. Well, the first thought that would come to mind is that he might prefer other chaps who look like him.

    • M M Bennetts says:

      No evidence to support that. Sorry. He was a rather timid chap whose country had been rather badly hit by Napoleon’s retribution payments after Austerlitz and by the quartering of French troops there. She appears to have been the sensible and brainy one who kept Prussia out of as much trouble as poss and she apparently made the best of a bad situation and kept Nappy sweet. Well, as sweet as he could be kept by means of diplomacy and banquets.

  2. Piotr says:

    yeah, does look like he’s got something up himself hehe… who is he, and she be whom?

  3. Piotr says:

    Maybe he was a loud snorer, or she preferring the company of young ladies?

    • M M Bennetts says:

      That’s Napoleon, who had two kids that we know of, thus proving that size isn’t everything.

      • And the actual, irrefutable proof that he was the sperm donor-of-record would be…?

      • M M Bennetts says:

        His son, the King of Rome and his illegitimate son with Maria Walenska.

      • Not addressing my original point. How do we know the Emperor wasn’t wearing horns?

      • M M Bennetts says:

        At this distance, it’s hard to prove much. She didn’t have a reputation like Josephine or Nap’s sisters. She had a reputation for being devoted and much put upon though. She was German, not Corsican or Austrian. They found a very fine looking nobleman to accompany Maria Louisa into Italy after Napoleon’s abdication–that worked well for her and for him–she never saw Nap again, but saw a great deal of the nobleman.

    • Piotr says:

      Come on, he’s German… and of good stock… oh… why am I talking this… deletedeletedelete… nooo… I hit send instead >_<

  4. Piotr says:

    Frederick William III, (born Aug. 3, 1770, Potsdam, Prussia—died June 7, 1840, Berlin), king of Prussia from 1797, the son of Frederick William II. Neglected by his father, he never mastered his resultant inferiority complex, but the influence of his wife, Louisa of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whom he married in 1793, occasionally moved him outside his essentially pedestrian character.

    He succeeded to the throne on 16 November 1797 and at once gave earnest of his good intentions by cutting down the expenses of the royal establishment, dismissing his father’s ministers, and reforming the most oppressive abuses of the late reign. Unfortunately, however, he had all the Hohenzollern determination to retain personal power without the Hohenzollern genius for using it. Too distrustful to delegate responsibility to his ministers, he was too infirm of will to strike out and follow a consistent course for himself.

    Disgusted with the moral debauchery of his father’s court (in both political intrigues and sexual affairs), Frederick William’s first endeavor was to restore morality to his dynasty.

    That’s all I have on him…

  5. He’s got a comb-over. She probably laughed at him.

  6. cavalrytales says:

    Perhaps he had really bad skin. And a well-paid portraitist.

  7. Garalt Canton says:

    I am so sorry that this image was auto loaded with the link. I didn’t realise that your site did this and that I cannot delete the last post.

    I am so sorry, MM.

    • M M Bennetts says:

      No worries. I can unapprove, which I’ve just done for the cleanliness of the site. HA ha. You never know what little kiddiwink might be looking for history tips on Jane Austen or Spencer Perceval.

  8. Love this short and sweet post – perhaps she, being a strong character, made it clear she did not wish to be under his control – a man who had weaker character?

  9. cavalrytales says:

    Damn. Missed it.
    My usual luck, I’m afraid.

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