Bribing a King

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We tend to forget that Henry the Eighth was a young king at one point, and apparently handsome from most of the reports. But even when he was young in his reign there was one way to get him to do what you wanted, offer him obscene amounts of food. (And yes, this thing with the cheese actually happened.)

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Queen of Palmyra

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Fun fact! I was almost named Zenobia. Given that the empress who is my most famous namesake spent her time Game-of-Thrones style offing her entire family and then a series of lovers, Zenobia might have been a better role model. Seriously, this lady held off the Roman Empire, annexed the southern part of Egypt, and cultivated a thriving arts scene while she was at it. Talk about multi-tasking.

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