Warming pan babies-just pretenders
Posted by Caroline on September 07, 1998 at 09:29:58:
In response to Viewing the Birth, written by Misty Ann Khan on September 07, 1998 at 09:13:05
I'm afraid H.C. is pulling our legs a bit here. There was only one (possible) warming pan baby.When the wife of a certain unpopular monarch (called James) gave birth to a boy (and therefore an heir) it was suggested in some circles that they'd "fixed" it. If a girl had been born,(or the child had been stillborn) then a whole lot of political problems would have gone away. As it was, they had to resort to other means to get rid of the monarch. The baby in question ended up only 'pretending' to be king.
And so, instead of Jameses and Charleses, England ended up with Williams and Georges. Which is just as well, since all Jane Austen's heroes are named after kings. Well, almost all of them. We haven't had a King Fred yet ;-)
You did take some salt with this, didn't you?
- Feeling a Bit Foolish Misty Ann Khan 14:53:32 9/07/98 (7)
- Henrys, wives and stuff Caroline 18:12:13 9/07/98 (3)
- We're all learning here SuzanneR 15:44:45 9/07/98 (1)
- Thanks, Suzanne, I feel better now! Misty Ann Khan 16:23:13 9/07/98 (0)
- Don't feel too bad... (Warming-pan baby) The Mysterious H.C. 15:28:57 9/07/98 (0)
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