>Odd Victorian Factoid#12: Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire had 5500 courtiers, 600 horses, 200 carriages and a harem of 1500 women. All this while the empire was going broke. Did I mention the new palaces he also built? He was later "unpalaced" by a military coup and placed under house arrest. He committed suicide with a pair of nail scissors.
*I've been doing a series of these factoids on Facebook and Twitter, and just thought I'd add them to my blog, too. Here I can add a bit more info. So that's why I'm starting with #12. The first 11 are on Facebook or Twitter. All of this comes from research for my The Hunchback Assignments series...