Throughout human history there have always been men who loved men and women who loved women. But if you happened to be a monarch, you had considerably more power to do as you pleased with whomever you desired. It has always been good to be the king. Here are the stories of 7 Kings and 1 Queen of Europe. As rulers, some where good, some bad and some great. But all were human and all loved and lusted after members of their own sex. Henry III of France (1551 – 1589) Louis XIII of France (1601 – 1643) Christina of Sweden (1626 – 1689) Frederick the Great (1712 – 1786) William II of the Netherlands (1792 – 1849) Charles I of Württemberg (1823 – 1891) Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845 – 1886) Umberto II of Italy (1904 – 1983)
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Sources: Dall’Orto, Giovanni. Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History from Antiquity to World War II. Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon, eds. London: Routledge, 2001.