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In the history of the world there have been numerous royals and countless common people who preferred the romantic company of their own gender. Acceptance of this has varied by time period and by culture. Being gay was often made much easier if you were a person born to wealth and privilege. Here are the stories of 8 royals from around the world – complicated an interesting people who happened to be gay or bisexual.
Alexander the Great of Macedonia (356BCE – 323 BCE)
Emperor Ai of Han China (27 BCE – 1 BCE)
Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (1640 – 1701)
Hortense Mancini (1646-1699)
Prince Henry of Prussia (1726-1802)
Princess Isabella of Bourbon-Parma (1741-1763)
Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria (1842-1919)
Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo (1936-2008)
Lord Ivar Mountbatten (1963-)
Manvendra Singh Gohil (1965-)
Sources: Dall’Orto, Giovanni. Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History from Antiquity to World War II. Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon, eds. London: Routledge, 2001.
Sex with Kings: 500 Years of Adultery, Power, Rivalry, and Revenge. HarperCollins Publishers, 2001. Herman, Eleanor. Sex with the Queen: 900 Years of Vile Kings, Virile Lovers, and Passionate Politics. HarperCollins Publishers, 2006.
Music: Brandenburg Concerto No4-1 BWV1049 - Classical Whimsical by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100303 Artist: http://incompetech.com/
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