He is one of the most well-known writers of the Victorian era and everything concerning his work of art is respected. Usually, his narratives have a happy ending. His story, though, didn’t begin too joyful. The life of Charles Dickens began marked by jail, because his father was incarcerated for not paying his taxes. His family had to follow him to prison, according to the customs of the time.
Then, Dickens had to work in a factory to pay his family’s debts, the miserable conditions being his sources of inspiration for his writings. As an adult, Charles was a funny guy, always making jokes to his friends. He even had a false library with books whose titles were downright hilarious.
Einstein was the perfect prototype of the science man with his head in the clouds. He was friendly, intelligent, but he had his own troubles too. For example, in 1901, Einstein met a girl named Mileva Maric, during a vacation in Italy. Their vacation was over when Mileva found out she was pregnant and Albert discovered that he didn’t have enough money to support a child. Lieserl was born in 1902 and disappeared from the letters sent by Albert to Mileva. Nobody knows what happened to that child, but some assume that he died of scarlet fever in 1903.
In 1912, Einstein left Mileva (and got divorced 7 years later), shortly after, marrying his cousin Elsa Lowenthal. During marriage, he has several mistresses, this turning Albert into a genuine playboy.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Everyone read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a novel written by Robert Louis Stevenson. What you don’t know is that Stevenson wrote it under the influence of cocaine, after that giving it to his wife to correct it. After she told him that the novel is an allegory and that he should write it like that, Stevenson burned the manuscript to force himself to write it as she wished.
Lincoln was famous for his beard but also for the fact that he was an interesting person. He had a tough childhood because he had to work a lot. At the age of 9, Lincoln lost his mother, who died after she got sick from a glass of milk. He was the tallest American president ever, measuring 1.93 m. The story didn’t end not even after his death. In 1876 a group of smugglers wanted to steal his body and to “free him” for $ 200,000 in gold. They were caught and sentenced to one year in prison.
King George III
He was the king of England starting from 1760 but he was more than crazy. He started losing his minds because of the arsenic he used to inhale, this substance being used for almost everything in the early 19th century, from medicine to cosmetics. George died in 1820 blind and crazy.
Although they’ve been talking and writing about Bonaparte’s problem of height, you must know that he wasn’t very short. He was 1.70 m tall, an average height for the French at the time. His childhood was more than doubtful. His father died from stomach cancer and left his family in debt because he used to be a gambler. In school, his colleagues always picked on him because he was considered too nerdy and laughed about his Corsican accent. However, it seems that one of the reasons why Napoleon lost the battle at Waterloo was because he had unbearable pain because he suffered from hemorrhoids for many years.
Roosevelt was born in a wealthy family from New York and was an asthmatic but very active kid. He took boxing lessons at a very small age because he wanted to compensate his puny body. He travelled a lot to Africa and South America where he used to hunt and study the exotic species.
Peter the Great
If there is a record with strange monarchs, then Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia of the 18th century, should be the top of the list. Because he saw that his country is left behind, Peter decided to make a trip undercover to Western Europe and to choose some inspirational sources in order to modernize Russia. When he came back he built schools, St. Petersburg harbor and established a bizarre law: all men who wore a beard had to pay a tax! Also, he inaugurated a museum full of weird stuff, from deformed fetuses to parts of animals which were superstition sources in Russia.
Charlie Chaplin’s parents weren’t actually models for their son. His mother had two children out of wedlock and the father left his family when he was young. His mother died because of her liver disease after she became psychotic and syphilitic. As an adult, Charlie didn’t have a better life. A woman accused him that he was her baby’s father, thing that was proven to be untrue, only the judge rejected the evidence at trial and Chaplin was forced to pay child support. After he died, his body was stolen from the cemetery and recovered two months later.
Sir Richard Francis Burton
He was a spy, explorer and soldier and his stories are absolutely fascinating. In 1853, Burton convinced Royal Graphic Society to give him a permission note from the army to travel to Mecca disguised as a Muslim. Once there, he was subjected to circumcision, to be more credible. During a trip to Africa he survived after being pierced by a spear launched by a group of Somali warriors. He spoke over 30 languages and dialects and towards the end of his life he became a diplomat.