11 Fascinating Royal Wikipedia Pages To Peruse Once You've Finished Reading (Or Reading About) Prince Harry's Memoir

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Prince Harry's memoir Spare has been making headlines for a few weeks now, and whether you're invested in the modern British royal family or not, one thing is clear: Monarchies, no matter their nation of origin or amount of power, have the capacity to be absolutely bizarre.

Old painting of a king
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Is it the wealth? Is it the rituals? Is it the belief that someone is suited for leadership solely because of the identity of their parents? All of the above? (Yes.) As a weird information enthusiast and a Wikipedia aficionado, I've found 11 fascinating royal articles for you to peruse the next time you need to scratch that strange history itch.

And now, I will do for you what every teacher I ever had did for me: remind you that Wikipedia, while a useful starting point and excellent source of entertainment, is not a wholly reliable source of information. 

1.Killing House

Princess Diana and Prince Charles

2.Groom of the Stool

"Groom of the Stool"

3.Substitute king ritual

"Time for a blood sacrifice."
"Time for a blood sacrifice."

HBO / Giphy / Via giphy.com

What's it about?

A ancient Mesopotamian ritual wherein the real king would attempt to escape bad omens by leaving the throne for a brief period of time and getting symbolically replaced by a substitute, who didn't have any power but got all the cool stuff and treatment that a king gets. And then, that substitute was put to death, which was thought to save the king (and known to kill the substitute).

Crowning quote: 

"Generally, this [substitute] was a condemned criminal, a prisoner of war, a political adversary, or a menial laborer. An ideal substitute was someone whose death would not cause a great deal of unrest amongst the people."

Feels kind of harsh, but hey, that's human sacrifice.

4.Armand Gagné

Marie Antoinette

5.Nils Olav

A penguin

6.William Windsor

A goat with the military

7.Royal fish

Royal fish

8.Wedding of Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, and Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly and Rainier

9.Royal corgis

Queen Elizabeth II and a corgi

10.Bertoleoni family

Charles Albert

11.I Wanna Marry "Harry"

Matthew Hicks

What fascinating Wikipedia pages do you want to share? Tell us about them in the comments!