Skip to comments.Royals Who Suffered From Hereditary Mutations And Defects Caused By Inbreeding
Posted on 11/29/2019 8:28:47 AM PST by US Navy Vet
Long before the concept of "designer babies" created in a lab became the stuff of science fiction, inbreeding in royal families was viewed as a way to ensure genetic purity. Intermarriage ensured that no "common" blood sullied pure, aristocratic blood lines. What could go wrong?
A lot, actually. Birth defects caused by inbreeding were rampant in royal families from Russia to Portugal and even in ancient Egypt, where the practice of sibling marriage was considered godly behavior. Hereditary diseases caused by inbreeding get handed down through thin gene pools, particularly in the many cases where intentional close marriage is used to ensured that royal blood (and its recurrent flaws) are kept in the family. For example, Queen Victoria, a major proponent of pure blood lines, married her cousin Albert, and the two had nine children who then passed hemophilia to royal families throughout Europe. Both King Tut and Charles II of Spain were so deformed by inbreeding that they were unable to walk unaided. Meanwhile, mental illnesses ran rampant throughout many royal families, leading to some very odd royal behavior.
While all these families hoped close intermarriage would keep their royal families stronger, in many cases, illness, madness, and infertility caused by inbreeding wound up tearing them apart.
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I’ve read where its downright rampant in the middle east
Common in certain, ahem, parts of the world....
Hapsburg jaw. Charles II of Spain.
Lots of inbreeding among Hasidic Jews and lots of kids with disabilities.
But they were fairly safe from most communicable diseases because of their dining ware.
Lisping one’s “Rs?”
"When you look at Prince Charles, don't you think, 'Somebody in the Royal Family knew somebody in The Royal Family'?" - Robin Williams
And how do we explain all the people tolerating being ruled by “royalty”? I suspect that is because the subjects suffered from hereditary mutations and defects caused by inbreeding.
I guess its quite common in the closed and tribal communities.
Oh yes! I saw a show on that once where they showed a collection of paintings through the ages and all of them had that jutting lower jaw.
I’ve always wondered if the monster of Glamis Castle was the result of inbreeding.
“...For example, Queen Victoria, a major proponent of pure blood lines, married her cousin Albert, and the two had nine children who then passed hemophilia”
Transportation was so difficult that most people never traveled more than a few miles from where they were born which means they also married someone who lived within a few miles of where they were born.
The Habsburgs were truly genetically damaged. Nearly all of them.
Matter of fact nearly all the royal lines with any German blood were mutant..for lack of a better word.
The Plantagenet line not so much except they simply liked to kill each other off. I guess one would say that they were just plain NUTS.
For hundreds of years, Ashkenazi Jews intermarried with cousins. Royals just had a smaller pool to play in, but many people throughout history married cousins. Some of my German lines (they were Catholic), married cousins. Probably same with some of my Polish ancestors in one small village who seemed to all be related to each other.
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