The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader.
Throughout history, many leaders were given lofty nicknames- Catherine the Great or Richard the Lionhearted, for example. But not everyone could be Great or Magnificent. Some rulers got strange, and strangely specific, nicknames.
ALFONSO THE SLOBBERER
King Alfonso IX (pictured above) ruled Leon (now part of France) from 1188 to 1230. He was prone to fits of rage, and anytime he got especially angry, especially while in battle, he drooled uncontrollably, sometimes to the point of foaming at the mouth.
PIERO THE GOUTY
Heir to the powerful Medici family, which ruled Florence, Italy, in the 1500s, Piero suffered from gout, a form of arthritis commonly characterized by a large, painful sac of uric acid that forms somewhere inside the body. In Piero’s case, it was in his big toe.
HARALD THE LOUSY
(Image credit: Flickr user Sten Dueland)
At the age of 12, Harald Hårfagre vowed to found a kingdom for the Norwegian people. He also vowed not to cut his hair until he achieved that goal. By 872, he founded the kingdom, but in the ten years since he’d made his vow, Harald’s hair had grown extremely dirty and was riddled with lice. This earned him the nickname “the Lousy,” mean “full of lice,” not “inadequate.” (Oh, that’s better.)
IVAR THE BONELESS
Historians believe that the ninth-century Danish Viking chieftain suffered from osteogenises imperfecta, or extremely brittle bones. That, however, didn’t stop him from becoming a Viking warlord and leading successful invasions into Northern England.
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