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Phillipa is such
a catchy name.
Now, don't get upset any of my English friends (or friends of English ancestry, or people who have visited England or people who speak English), I will explain. You know I love you all dearly, but all the proper high teas and darling accents don't change that your past ancestors were a little bit hideous and awful to everyone else and not all that nice to each other.
I almost don't even know where to start. I suppose the fact that someone decided they were king and backed it up by saying "God says I am and you're going against God if you disagree" was the beginning of the problem. I don't know how, but people went along with this. With that as our jumping off point, England pretty much claimed that any country they wanted actually belonged to them due to divine providence. Whoever was King or Queen at the time got the Pope to back it up and voila people got on board. Those who didn't were conveniently (or inconveniently, dependent upon which side of the situation you were on) squashed like bugs.
|Eddie is a RIOT!! And he|
dresses like a woman,
an added bonus.
There were a few countries who, like England, thought their king should own the whole world (Spain, France, Scotland). In between fighting with these countries, England would just get their royalty to marry the other countries' royalty thus creating one giant royal family. Kings and Queens were essentially breeding their children like one might horses or dogs. Sadly, part of that fallout is that along the way, we have quite a few royals that whose looks might be compared to said animals. Yes, I know that's mean, but you go look at the pictures and say that I am wrong.
This of course brings me right back to wondering why the 99% of the rest of the population of England, who was poor and mistreated and unfairly taxed and put upon went along with this. I am sure it's because the Pope said so. But what, at the whole start of the monarch thing, made the Pope go for this? This is about as close as one can get to saying "I'm Jesus and God sent me." Usually when people make a claim like this they don't get made king, they usually get killed or jailed or hospitalized (depending on what era we're talking about).
Yes, I am well aware that other countries (our own included) have also acted similarly, but none besides England seems to have come out of it all with such a nice reputation. England is kind of the respected stately aunt of the world. Russia and Germany, also big on the world domination front, still get the hairy eyebrow from other countries. They still have a little bit of an evil reputation.
As an American, the irony is not lost on me that once we were free from England we felt that all the God-given rights to freedom and self-governing were only for us (and only a small group of "us"), not for everyone. Our treatment of Native Americans and our belief that people stolen from other countries deserve to be our slaves is thankfully not something most Americans believe was or is okay. Let me just say though, people like England way more than us. We get treated like we're the bullies. Hello England, learned it from you.
|Queen Mum has found out |
that she, like the Wicked
Witch of the West, has
no power here.
Now that I have given you a complete and accurate overview of the history of England's