A King Who Thought He Was Made Of Glass

Samuel Reason | February 3rd, 2018

When it comes to strange royals, there are stories upon stories. It seems every country has had its fair share of mad kings and bizarre queens, King Charles VI who once ruled France is one of those kings. Remember that unlike republics that are run by the vote of the people, absolute monarchies are supposed to be sanctioned by God. This means you don’t get a chance to decide who rules because the thought is God does not make mistakes. So when you get a crazy deluded king like Charles VI well, you are just stuck and have to go on the ride!


Some of the stories from his reign are just completely crazy: like the time he decided to start a civil war while he was right in the middle of fighting another war! And those were just some of the good months where he came outside, mostly he sat down never moving. Why do you ask? Because he genuinely believed he was made of glass. Charles VI thought if he moved or anyone touched him, he might shatter!

Unfortunately Charles was born in 1368, in a France which was in complete disarray after huge outbreaks of plague and entering the Hundred Years’ War with England. This meant starvation, famine, bandits, and ignorance was everywhere. France needed a leader and Charles VI was supposed to be that man. He grew up being educated as a Medieval prince, he actually ascended to the throne when he was 11 years old, but his uncles ruled until he was 21. And when he did come to power, everything seemed bright and he set track France on a path out of the darkness. But in 1392 at the age of 23, things took a turn for the worse.

Out hunting, King Charles went berserk appeared to forget who he was, grabbed a sword and started slaying his companions left and right. Slaughtering four knights before he could be restrained, suddenly Charles who was nicknamed “The Beloved” became “The Mad.”

This incident kept on returning, he would forget who he was and even forget who his wife was. Sure when lucid he was a great king but the lucid moments were rare. In 1405 he spent months refusing to bathe and would try to kill anyone who touched him, the reasoning behind this he claimed was that he was made of glass. This delusion is actually not as rare as one might think, he may be one of the fire people in history until he been inflicted by it.

As you may have guessed, with a ruler who could not rule, France once again plunged into darkness. The English just laughed and took over whatever land they could grab, his lords rebelled and a civil war started. When Charles died the country had fallen so apart that two separate heirs were declared as king.

Next Article
  • The Man-Eating Lions Of Tsavo

    Perhaps known as some of the most notorious lions to have ever lived in the wild, the man-eating lions of Tsavo were hunted and vilified for generations. In the huge swath around the Kenya savanna living around the Tsavo River, these groups of wild lions were notorious for hunting humans. ...

    Read More
  • 25 of the Smartest Animals on the Planet

    For all you animal lovers out there, I’m sure you’ve seen an animal do something that has impressed you. Perhaps they seemed to catch on a joke that you made or maybe they found a clever way to get to the snacks you were hiding. Animals are smart! They might not seem to always be...

    Read More
  • Watch Out For Red Triangle Slugs In Your Home

    We usually think of slugs as harmless creatures that turn up in your garden after a rain. Or maybe you see a bird poking at one in your walk around the park with your dog. Sure slugs are definitely gross us out and we don’t like them being all sticky. Not to mention those slimy...

    Read More
  • Baby Airing In The 1900s Was A Way To Boost An Infant’s Health

    Fresh air is always considered the best option when thinking about your health, and of course, receiving sunshine. It is especially good for a young child’s development and we see this thought process going into many young parents minds today: just look at all the kids and strollers going through your local park. Today it...

    Read More
  • The Hippo And The Tortoise A New Fairytale

    A story that anyone could mistake from being a new fairytale is one where the two characters made an unlikely friendship. This is the story of when a baby hippo struck up a strange friendship with an extremely old tortoise. An orphaned baby hippopotamus was rescued after a natural disaster that shook the whole world...

    Read More
  • Jacklyn Lucas Was One Badass Marine

    Everyone who has learned anything about explosives knows that jumping on top of a live grenade is the most selfless act one can commit. It also requires courage and heroism that most people are just not capable of, but of course, if you were a badass marine like Jacklyn Lucas, then this was just another...

    Read More
  • The Megamouth Shark Species Has Only Been Spotted Sixty Times

    An extremely rare type of shark which swims around Taiwanese, Philippines and Japanese waters was only first spotted in 1976. The terrifying beast usually weighs over a ton and can be over five meters long. Megamouth sharks generally just swim with their mouths open, filling themselves up with krill, shrimp and plankton. [caption id="attachment_6959" align="aligncenter"...

    Read More
  • Human Saliva Contains A Compound More Powerful Than Morphine

    In need for some natural painkillers or just having a bad day? Well then you may just be able to spit on yourself, yes that is right human saliva contains a natural ingredient that is more powerful than morphine. In fact, the substance that scientists have found recently is actually six times more potent than...

    Read More