Epic Incest Dynasty

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Josef Fritzl's incest dungeon is utterly pwned and destroyed by the antics of the Hapsburgs (AKA "Habsburgs"), the ruling house of Spain until the 18th Century. A parallel branch of the line ruled over Australia - coincidence? I think not. 4chan's favorite reading material will seem a shadow of its former self upon contemplation of this glorious feat of genetic endeavor.

Make no mistake, this is not a case of "a challenger appears", this is a case of "all our chromosomes are belong to us."

Consanguinities will never be the same.

Family "tree"

The dynasty got off to a bad start when Philip I married Juana of Aragon, who was already known as "Juana the Mad" and later turned out to be a necrophiliac into the bargain. Juana (who was so insane that she was kept locked up in a castle) was also one of the four great-grandparents of Prince Don Carlos, a retarded psychopath who was also walled up alive due to, well, being a retarded psychopath who couldn't be let near the throne.

What you are looking at is several generations of inbreeding so determined that it takes a few minutes to get your head around it. Most of the dynasty's 11 marriages were between blood relatives, including several matches between first cousins and three between uncles and nieces. Perhaps this chart will help:

Charles II Inbreeding.jpg

Additional details

(Refer to above charts)

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  • Holy Roman Emperor Charles V's wife Isabella was his first cousin (their mothers were sisters)
    • Charles V's sister Catherine married another first cousin, John of Portugal
      • John of Portugal's mother was another one of Charles V's sisters and John's father was Isabella's brother
        • The daughter of Catherine and John was Maria Manuela, who later (aged 16) became the first wife of Charles V's son King Philip II of Spain (who shared both pairs of grandparents with her -- the grandparents were a pair of brothers who married a pair of sisters -- and was therefore her double first cousin)
          • Philip II and Maria bore a son, the above-mentioned Prince Don Carlos, next in line to the throne (until they fritzled him away for good), who therefore had only four great-grandparents (as opposed to eight) and only six great-great-grandparents (as opposed to 16)
  • Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I (brother of Charles V) married Anna of Bohemia/Hungary, who was also his cousin
    • Their son Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria married his 16-year-old niece, Anna Juliana Gonzaga
      • Ferdinand I and Anna of Bohemia/Hungary were Anna Juliana's paternal grandparents and also Anna Juliana's maternal great-grandparents
    • Ferdinand II and Anna Juliana's daughter, Anna of Tyrol, married her own first cousin
  • The maternal grandmother of Spain's Philip II (son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V) was the first cousin of Philip II’s great-grandmother (on the maternal and paternal sides)
    • Philip II’s younger sister Maria of Spain (and "of Austria") married Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II, who was their paternal cousin (Maximilian's father was Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I, who was Philip II's uncle).
      • Philip II's daughter from his second marriage married her maternal first cousin (who was also her paternal first cousin once removed), Albert VII of Austria
    • Philip II's third wife was Mary I of England, who was also his first cousin once removed because Mary I's mother was the sister of both of Philip II's grandmothers (see above)
    • Philip II’s fourth wife, Anna of Austria, was a daughter of Maximilian II and Maria, and thus Philip’s niece.
      • Anna of Austria's brother was Albert VII (see above) who was therefore Philip II’s nephew, brother-in-law, and son-in-law.
  • Philip III (son of Philip II) married Margaret of Austria, who was both his paternal second cousin and his first cousin once removed.
  • Philip IV (son of the above) married a non-relative who was 13 years old, then when she died he married his niece (granddaughter of Ferdinand II) and they bore Charles II (of whom more below)

Notable members

Remember, these portraits were meant to be flattering, inspiring, and patriotic.

The end result of all these shenanigans was King Charles (Carlos) II, whose (inbred) father was his (inbred) mother's uncle, and one of his (inbred) grandmothers was also his aunt while his other (inbred) grandmother was also his great-grandmother. Thanks to his ancestors, Carlos was more inbred than he would have been if his mother and father had actually been brother and sister, and was a retard so grotesque that his portraits caused spontaneous miscarriages and turned milk sour. He had a huge tongue that couldn't fit properly in his mouth, despite having an underbite like a clown's pocket, all of which would have hindered his speech if he hadn't been nearly incapable of putting words together in the first place. By the time of his death in 1700, aged 39, he was bald and senile and spent most of the day twitching on the floor from epileptic seizures. By this time, Mother Nature had obviously had enough of such goings-on because Carlos was permanently sterile and/or impotent, which no doubt came as a great relief to both of his wives (the second of whom was also his aunt), and so Carlos was the last of his line.

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Goodnight, sweet Prince

In popular culture

It seems likely that the sexploits of the Hapsburgs inspired the royals in Game of Thrones (see here) and the twisted family tree of the royal family in the game Crusader Kings II:

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See also