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Someone on r/AskHistorians asked about why students learn about the the Hapsburgs, but not Egyptian examples of inbreeding. Check out what I learned while sourcing my response and planning an article about creating fictional worlds with inbred dynasties. 

Fun Facts
  • King Tut had a "juvenile aseptic bone necrosis" which made it hard for him to walk.
  • Stillbirth was a common consequence of royal inbreeding. 
  • Despite 300 years of inbreeding, the Ptolemys didn't really have any major genetic issues. 
  • Elissa of Tyre (aka Dido) was married to her uncle. 
  • Incan princes often married their sisters.
Genetics is Probabilistic

Incestuous dynasties were were common in ancient Egypt, Hawaii, the Inca kingdoms, pre-industrial Thailand, Phoenicia and several African realms. [Source]

Siblings or Cousins?

Incestuous European dynasties like the Hapsburgs tended to marry their cousins, whereas more ancient marriages tended to be between siblings. [Source]

Who Rules Next?

While yes, varieties of sibling marriage were common in Egypt, so was polygamy and the products of incestuous marriages were not typically the heir. [Source]

Meeting Times

Marriages between individuals who grew up together young age are typically sexless due to something a type of sibling avoidance called the Westermarck effect. [Read More!]

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