Antinous
Hadrian's visit to Egypt was destroyed by grief. In this fascinating BBC documentary Dan Snow reveals how Hadrian deified his gay lover Antinous. Watch more ...
Grigory Potemkin
Prince Grigory Aleksandrovich Potemkin-Tavricheski (Russian: Григо́рий Алекса́ндрович Потёмкин-Таври́ческий, Grigoriy Aleksandrovich Potyomkin-Tavricheskiy; October 11 [O.S. September 30...
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Antinous
Antinous (also Antinoüs or Antinoös; Ancient Greek: Ἀντίνοος; 27 November, c. 111 – before 30 October 130) was a Bithynian Greek youth and a favourite, or lover, of the Roman emperor Hadri...
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Stanisław August Poniatowski
Stanisław II August (also Stanisław August Poniatowski; born Stanisław Antoni Poniatowski; 17 January 1732 – 12 February 1798) was the last King and Grand Duke of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (1...
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Thomas Culpeper
Thomas Culpeper (c. 1514 – 10 December 1541) was a courtier and close friend of Henry VIII, and related to two of his queens, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. He is known to have had many private mee...
Bagoas (courtier)
Bagoas (Old Persian: 𐎲𐎦𐎡 Bagoi, Ancient Greek: Βαγώας Bagōas) was a eunuch in the court of the Persian Empire in the 4th Century BCE.
According to Plutarch, Bagoas won a dancing contest af...
Serge Saltykov
Count Sergei Vasilievich Saltykov (Russian: Серге́й Василиевич Салтыков) (c. 1726 – 1765) was a Russian officer (chamberlain) who became the first lover of Empress Catherine the Great after her ar...
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Barbu Ştirbey
Prince Barbu Știrbey (1872–1946) was briefly Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Romania in 1927. He was the son of Prince Alexandru Știrbey and his wife Maria Ghika-Comănești, and grandson of an...
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Platon Zubov
Prince (Reichsfürst) Platon Alexandrovich Zubov (Russian: Платон Александрович Зубов; November 26 [O.S. November 15] 1767 – April 19 [O.S. April 7]...
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Sporus
Sporus was a young boy whom the Roman Emperor Nero favored, had castrated, and married.
Sporus derives from the ancient Greek word σπορά spora, meaning "seed, sowing," related to σπόρος sporos, "s...
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Semyon Zorich
Semyon Zorich (1743–1799) was an Imperial Russian lieutenant-general and count of the Holy Roman Empire, born in Serbia, who served Imperial Russia against the Prussians and Turks. A member of the Rus...
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Giovanni Caracciolo
Giovanni Caracciolo, often called Sergianni (c. 1372 – 19 August 1432) was an Italian nobleman of the Kingdom of Naples, prime minister and favorite of queen Joan II of Naples.Due to his relationship ...
Ivan Shuvalov
Ivan Ivanovich Shuvalov (1 November 1727 – 14 November 1797) was called the Maecenas of the Russian Enlightenment and the first Russian Minister of Education. Russia's first theatre, un...
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John Conroy
Sir John Ponsonby Conroy, 1st Baronet KH (Irish: Seán Ó Maolchonaire; 21 October 1786 – 2 March 1854) was a British army officer who served as comptroller to the Duchess of Kent and her young daug...
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Manuel Godoy, Prince of the Peace
Manuel Godoy y Álvarez de Faria (May 12, 1767 – October 4, 1851), was Prime Minister of Spain from 1792 to 1797 and from 1801 to 1808. He received many titles including "Prince of the Peace" (Príncipe...
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Ernst Johann von Biron
Ernst Johann von Biron (German: Ernst Johann von Biron; Russian: Эрнст Иоганн Бирон; 23 November [O.S. 13 November] 1690 – 29 December [O.S. 18 December] 17...
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Alexey Razumovsky
Count Alexei Grigorievich Razumovsky (Russian: Алексе́й Григо́рьевич Разумо́вский, Ukrainian: Олексій Григорович Розумовський, Olexii Hryhorovych Rozumovskyi; 1709– 1771), was a Ukrainia...
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Pyotr Zavadovsky
Pyotr Zavadovsky, (1739–1812) was a Russian favourite and the lover of Catherine the Great from 1776 to 1777.Count Zavadovsky was named official secretary to Catherine in 1775 and became her lover on ...
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Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March
Roger de Mortimer, 3rd Baron Mortimer, 1st Earl of March (25 April 1287 – 29 November 1330), was an English nobleman and powerful Marcher lord who had gained many estates in the Welsh Marches and Irel...
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Despenser War
The Despenser War (1321–22) was a baronial revolt against Edward II of England led by the Marcher Lords Roger Mortimer and Humphrey de Bohun. The rebellion was fuelled by opposition to Hugh Despenser ...
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Ivan Rimsky-Korsakov
Ivan Nikolajevich Rimsky-Korsakov, né Korsav (29 June 1754 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire – 31 July 1831 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire) was a Russian courtier and lover of Catherine t...
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