Love Affairs that Affected History

Jake10

Ad Honoris
Oct 2010
11,960
Canada
The first murderer in American history to be acquitted on the grounds of 'temporary insanity' was a cuckolded husband.

Daniel Sickles was a prominent New York politician in the years leading up to the American Civil War. He was known as a colorful and outrageous personality, as well as an aggressive lady's man. He married a girl half his age, but proceeded to neglect her in favor of his older mistresses, so she in turn began cheating (her lover was none other than Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key).

When Sickles found out, he confronted Key across the street from the White House, and gunned him down. Sickles was arrested, but plead insanity, and was acquitted thanks to both his political and his medical connections. Later on he became a general and a prolific recruiter for the Union during the Civil War, until the Battle of Gettysburg, where he lost his leg (it was put on display in a museum, and he was prone to visiting it later in life). Sickles refused to divorce his young wife, but he continued with his own womanizing ways. While serving as a minister to Spain, he supposedly became the Queen's lover and thus became known as "the Yankee King of Spain".
This one will make a great conversation starter.
 

PM96

Ad Honorem
Feb 2012
4,676
California
I'm not sure how historical or significant this is, but anyways, Bill Clinton's incident with Monica Lewinsky caused a scandal, where Republicans tried unsuccessfully to have him impeached.
 

PM96

Ad Honorem
Feb 2012
4,676
California
The first murderer in American history to be acquitted on the grounds of 'temporary insanity' was a cuckolded husband.

Daniel Sickles was a prominent New York politician in the years leading up to the American Civil War. He was known as a colorful and outrageous personality, as well as an aggressive lady's man. He married a girl half his age, but proceeded to neglect her in favor of his older mistresses, so she in turn began cheating (her lover was none other than Philip Barton Key, son of Francis Scott Key).

When Sickles found out, he confronted Key across the street from the White House, and gunned him down. Sickles was arrested, but plead insanity, and was acquitted thanks to both his political and his medical connections. Later on he became a general and a prolific recruiter for the Union during the Civil War, until the Battle of Gettysburg, where he lost his leg (it was put on display in a museum, and he was prone to visiting it later in life). Sickles refused to divorce his young wife, but he continued with his own womanizing ways. While serving as a minister to Spain, he supposedly became the Queen's lover and thus became known as "the Yankee King of Spain".
I've heard of Daniel Sickles. Needless to say, he sounds like a petty and hypocritical bastard.
 
May 2014
280
Portland, Oregon
Empress Theodora. Justinian couldn't marry an actress without changing Roman law, so he did. And if the Nika revolt still would have happened without her, he would have fled/abdicated then.
 

Poly

Ad Honorem
Apr 2011
6,698
Georgia, USA
Edward IV and Elizabeth Wydville. Secretly marrying a commoner and raising the status of her family created factions and rivalries in England that would lead to rebellion, murder, war and the end of a dynasty.
Edward IV was a bastard too...should never have been crowned
 
Jan 2013
622
Texas
Empress Theodora. Justinian couldn't marry an actress without changing Roman law, so he did. And if the Nika revolt still would have happened without her, he would have fled/abdicated then.
I forgot about about Justinian and Theodora. If it wasn't for Theodora, the fate of the Byzantine Empire could have deteriorated much earlier.
 
Oct 2009
419
Behind a screen
Philip II of France and Agnes of Meran.

Since Philip was already married to Ingeborg of Denmark, whom he rejected after the wedding night for unknown reasons, he got in trouble with the church when he married Agnes.

The pope placed France under an interdict until he finally caved.

Also, the bond between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley shocked many, especially at the beginning of her reign.

Mary Stuart's marriage to Henry Darnley, especially after he killed her confidante Rizzio and he was killed in turn. It started as love from her side, but soon, not so much. Marrying him was one of the biggest mistakes she made.
 
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