Tuesday, December 27, 2011

King Charles' Cat

Portrait by Anthony van Dyck, 1636
King Charles I of England (1600 – 1649) got the idea that if he lost his beloved black cat, it would mean a disaster for him, so he had the animal guarded constantly.  Unfortunately, the cat got sick and died.  Strangely enough, Charles was right.  The day after the cat died, he was arrested for treason and not long afterward beheaded.

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