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Originally posted by Anti-Tyrant
This may have come from is haemophilia in the royal family (yes, there is a blood disease in the royal family's genes) and as such, it is known as "The Royal Disease" which apparently affects male members of the royal family far more than female.
It is insinuated that the guy had affairs with one/all of the maids at his residence.
Robert Lacey explains the genesis of the blue blood concept: "It was the Spaniards who gave the world the notion that an aristocrat's blood is not red but blue. The Spanish nobility started taking shape around the ninth century in classic military fashion, occupying land as warriors on horseback. They were to continue the process for more than five hundred years, clawing back sections of the peninsula from its Moorish occupiers, and a nobleman demonstrated his pedigree by holding up his sword arm to display the filigree of blue-blooded veins beneath his pale skin—proof that his birth had not been contaminated by the dark-skinned enemy. (Robert Lacey, Aristocrats. Little, Brown and Company, 1983, p. 67)
Originally posted by 44soulslayerHeres an interesting video of a bloke who turned blue: