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What a sad, pathetic story, all the more so for being true. The life - if one could call it that - of poor Carlos II of Spain is here recounted in fascinating and morbid detail. The results of generations of selective inbreeding, Carlos lived to be almost 40. Sadly, this was to be the only miracle vouchsafed this unfortunate monarch, whose sex life (or lack thereof) was the subject worldwide obsession and fantastical speculation. For upon his (im)potency rested the fate of Europe at the dawn of ...more