Eccentrics

The Liberace of the 17th Century


Duke Charles II of Brunswick

Duke Charles II of Brunswick (1804-73) was known as “the Duke of Diamonds” because he wore them in such profusion that he could have been mistaken for an animated chandelier. He had thirty wigs, all made of black silk thread, drank nothing but iced milk, doused himself with strong violet perfume, took a chessboard to the opera, and had all of his clothes made twice too large.

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