Thursday, 11 October 2012

Charming monarchs



I was thinking of other charming monarchs I had known, like Ranavalona with her death-pits, and that noble savage Gezo of Dahomey bouncing about on his throne fairly slobbering with glee as his Amazons sliced up his victims with cleavers. Plainly Theodore was from the same stable. It’s enough to make you turn republican.


Flashman on the March, p.107, Harper Collins, paperback edition 2005.


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