Originally posted by ficciones@May 7th, 2003 - 4:57 pm
Benn is right that there were speculations about Queen Victoria being fathered by a Irishman -- whom I want to say was called Sir John Conroy. Something like that. The book was published last year and the author's evidence was to do with the lack of hemophilia (and also porphyria?) in Victoria's descendants. The theory went that heriditary diseases don't just suddenly disappear. Even if it's true I don't think it really matters. I'd honestly be amazed if at least a few monarchs in Europe's history weren't the products of affairs.
John Conroy was the Duchess of Kent's lover but not before she married the duke of Kent. Moreover, Victoria was the spitting image of the duke of Kent. She had Hannover written all over her face.
As for hemophilia turning up, it is entirely possible that a spontaneous mutation ocurred at the time of conception. Otherwise, Victoria's father would have been a hemophiliac in order for her to be a carrier. That is unlikely. However, if you go back through Victoria's maternal line - and look at the number of male children (born to aunts, great aunts and so on) who died as infants or as young children, yo might think that the disease surfaced earlier, but it was not discussed or recognized before the mid 19th Century.