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Thread #11575 Message #88012
Posted By: Doctor John
19-Jun-99 - 05:05 PM
Thread Name: Origin: The Bastard King of England
Subject: RE: The Bastard King of England
William the Conqueror was the only real bastard - some schoolboy wrote "W the C was a bastard in more ways than one"; equally good is the quote "even his good points were bad ones." John Gillingham's more recent writings on Richard the Lion Heart suggests his homosexuality is a fairly recent myth and in fact the chronicles complain that he used the wives of the barons of Aquitain and then passed them on to his followers. He did have one bastard son. Other homosexual kings were William Rufus (uncertain), Edward ll and William lll. (??) The first two seem to be jolly fellows by all accounts; it depends who wrote the history. I think the song is more akin to Old King Cole than fact. Personally I'd say all the rulers of England were a bunch of bastards in one way or another - except Oliver Cromwell, that is.