With power, comes immense responsibilities. Overwhelming responsibilities sometimes leads to loss of mental stability. Men throughout history have endless tales of their eccentricity but did you know that some of the historic women were just as brash and bizarre? The tales of these women are seemingly less popular because they are unpopular. Historic men have always been dominant in interest than women. Let us change that and discuss about the femmes who had outrageous endeavors. Here is a list of fifteen such ladies and their weird practices:
1. Elizabeth Bathory
The more we talk about this Hungarian noblewoman and her heinous crimes, the lesser it will be. This lady was on a murderous frenzy and killed more than 650 girls along with her four collaborators. She would hold young girls captive and barbarously torture them to their deaths. She was caught on the scene with a room full of youthful girls who were dead or almost dying. Elizabeth Bathory was suspected to have vampire-like characteristics for her ridiculous habit of bathing in the blood of young girls to hold on to her youth. Her influential family prevented any jail time for her but she ultimately met her demise in solitary confinement.
2. Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc, also eminently known as “The Maid of Orleans” is rendered to be a heroine of France for the courageous part she played throughout the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years’ War. She bizarrely claimed that she had mystic visions where she was commanded by Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Saint Margaret and Archangel Michael to aid Charles VII recover France from the state of English domination during the Hundred Years’ War. She was wistfully burned at the stake after being declared guilty of various charges on 30 May, 1431.
3. Agnes Sorel
This woman who was incredibly the first official mistress in history was an unbelievably bold character. She became popular for her embarrassing practices of wearing dangerously low cut gowns and having one breast completely open to view. This endeavor mader her both imitated and abhorrent. She was also surprisingly the first woman ever to wear an uncut diamond around her neck as this act was severely looked down upon at that time. She died under suspicious circumstances at the age of 28.
The sultry and alluring Cleopatra is familiar to all. She was asserted to be the last Pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt. This powerful lady has many strange facts about her, the most fallacious of which is that she was married three times and the first two of her husbands were her own brothers. It might seem repulsive to us but it was a common notion in the Egyptian Dynasty. Granted, she had no children from those two marriages and she mothered the children of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony later.
5. Harriette Wilson
Harriette Wilson was an infamous courtesan of Georgian England. This lady had quite a long list of lovers which included prominent figures like ministers, royals, war heroes etc. She was a mistress to superior men in history like the Duke of Wellington, George IV, Lord Canning and probably a dozen others. Her bashful endeavors gained her a network of powerful men who she could take advantage of when in need. Wilson ingeniously wrote a memoir where she wrote about her romances and used it to blackmail her former lovers for money. Either they gave her money or she would forsake their anonymity.
6. Queen Nzinga
Queen Ana Nzinga was an accidental queen as she rose to power owing to the suicide of her brother who was the king. Even though she was a praiseworthy, powerful woman who did perpetual good things for her empire, her sexual encounters made her scandalous. She disgracefully owned a harem full of men where she commanded the men to dress as women. Every night, she made two of the males from the harem battle until one of them perished. She would bed the winner and eventually kill him the next day.
7. Maria Eleonora
The brash German Princess, Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg was also the queen consort of Sweden. Not much has been written about her and the few valid writings described her as anything but good. Fervent terms like frail, hysterical, eccentric, lavish etc has been used for her. Her coherent goal as a queen was the extremely common one to give her husband a male heir to the throne. When she wasn’t successful in her aim, she became amuck and rejected her daughter. She was irate and ludicrously tried to kill her daughter a few times as well
8. Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria ceaselessly reigned the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 to 1901. She tied the knot with her maternal cousin, Prince Halbert. After her husband’s demise, she unforeseenly initiated the lengthiest mourning which ultimately lasted for 25 years. Everyone was made to wear black attires during that time. She also had the bizarre habit of legally medicating herself. She indulged in cocaine, opium and chloroform as well.
9. Joanna of Castille
This queen of Castile and Aragon is known for her eccentric obsession with her husband. She was wed to the son of the Holy Roman Emperor named Philip I of Burgundy. She worshipped her husband and was devoted enough to give his six children, all of whom went on to become queens or emperors. After the fateful death of her husband in 1506, she refused to let go of his body and kept it with her at all times. She even flagrantly travelled with the embalmed body.
10. Empress Elizabeth
Russian Empress Elizabeth diligently captured the Russian throne forcibly in 1741. She famously repealed the law of
11. Catherine The Great
Catherine II was a Russian Empress who had a flourishing rulership. She did noteworthy things during her reign which includes instituting great reforms and making lady rulers seem stronger. However, her personal life was nothing scarce of controversies. There are embarrassing rumors of her sexual desires leading her to have physical relationship with a horse.
12. Queen Christina of Sweden
The Swedish Queen Christina reigned from 1644 to 1654. She succeeded the throne after her father, Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus was shot to his death at the battle of Lutzen. She was notorious for not following any of the decorous rules expected of a queen. She refused to marry owing to her sexual orientation as she certainly loved to dress as men, which was not only looked down upon but also considered unethical.
13. Queen Mary
The reigning British Queen from 1867 to 1953, Queen Mary, had the most bizarre habit. She was an innate kleptomaniac. She would strongly gaze at the thing she liked when she visited someone’s house. If they weren’t smart enough to get the hint, she would sigh and say that she was adoring it with her eyes. Most people would give in and offer her the item at this point. However, if they didn’t, she would just sneakily steal the stuff.
14. Valeria Messalina
This Roman Empress was evidently one of her kind. The tales of her endeavors are legendary in a very literal way, meaning that even though many people narrated the same tales there wasn’t any solid proofs. She opened a flippant brothel of sorts for girls who would trade in favors for money. She was known to be amazing in bed and so, she set goals for her girls as well. She participated in contests about how many guys she could entertain in bed a night and has an outrageous record of sleeping with 25 men in a night.
15. Irene of Athens
Irene of Athens from the Byzantine Empire was a ruthless power-hungry lady to say the least. She went to great extents to keep the throne all to herself. Even though she brought some noteworthy changes to the empire like improving relations between the Orthodox Church and the Church of Rome, her ultimate goal was the throne. After reigning for a disturbing decade with his son, Constantine VI, she showed her true colors by gouging her son’s eyes out so that she could be the sole successor of the throne.