[PW] World Leaders of Minimal Dignity or Minimal Knowledgeability

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Mon Feb 6 09:48:26 PST 2017

On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 1:04 PM, T.F. Mills <phasco at earthlink.net> wrote:

Charles the Mad
> Joan the Moad
> Justin II (Byzantium)
> Christian VII (Denmark)

I don't think any of these fit the description, or George III (UK) either.
These were hereditary monarchs with mental illnesses or defects who were
rulers in name only.  They had regents or regency councils, formal or
informal, who did the actual ruling, at least once the problem was
discovered.  Justin II was sane enough to realize that he couldn't function
as Emperor, and handed the throne over to his successor voluntarily, which
is certainly not the behavior of a clown or nincompoop.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
All Norstrilians knew that humor was "pleasurable corrigible malfunction".
        --Cordwainer Smith, Norstrilia

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