Category Archives: Pretenders

The Fall of the House of Witte

Otto recorded his account as memoir; it fell to others to gently shepherd his kingship back to fiction where it belonged.

The Fall of the House of Witte

Otto recorded his account as memoir; it fell to others to gently shepherd his kingship back to fiction where it belonged.

King of the end of the world

The flimsiest of regal claims can find credulous posthumous supporters, and to this day, the North American Araucanian Royalist Society continues to detail the line of descent from King Orélie I with impressive earnestness.

King of the end of the world

The flimsiest of regal claims can find credulous posthumous supporters, and to this day, the North American Araucanian Royalist Society continues to detail the line of descent from King Orélie I with impressive earnestness.

The great pretender

Who doesn’t like a good faux-king? Anyone can be a self-made man, but being a self-made king, that takes orbs. So far on Strange Flowers we’ve explored putative rulers of Andorra, Albania and the Ukraine, as well as the ever-so-slightly-made-up kingdoms of Redonda and Sedang.

The great pretender

Who doesn’t like a good faux-king? Anyone can be a self-made man, but being a self-made king, that takes orbs. So far on Strange Flowers we’ve explored putative rulers of Andorra, Albania and the Ukraine, as well as the ever-so-slightly-made-up kingdoms of Redonda and Sedang.

The Katyn connection

In 1943, Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk published the Katyn Manifesto, which (correctly) blamed the massacre on the Soviets. For the British, allied with the Soviets since 1941, the revelations were supremely unwelcome…

The Katyn connection

In 1943, Count Geoffrey Potocki de Montalk published the Katyn Manifesto, which (correctly) blamed the massacre on the Soviets. For the British, allied with the Soviets since 1941, the revelations were supremely unwelcome…

The King of Redonda

M.P. Shiel is the unlikely answer to an improbable question: what links 1890s Decadence with 20th century science fiction? The answer is a West Indian who moved in Bohemian circles in London and claimed kingship of a guano-rich Caribbean outcrop.

The King of Redonda

M.P. Shiel is the unlikely answer to an improbable question: what links 1890s Decadence with 20th century science fiction? The answer is a West Indian who moved in Bohemian circles in London and claimed kingship of a guano-rich Caribbean outcrop.

Red prince

A dynasty’s dying days often produce its most compellingly wayward individuals. Case in point: Wilhelm of Habsburg, who bore an illustrious name but being the issue of a junior branch he wasn’t exactly where the action was (a feeling Barbara Windsor knows only too well).

Red prince

A dynasty’s dying days often produce its most compellingly wayward individuals. Case in point: Wilhelm of Habsburg, who bore an illustrious name but being the issue of a junior branch he wasn’t exactly where the action was (a feeling Barbara Windsor knows only too well).

Can-can king

Mayréna started shopping the kingdom round the colonial powers, but handing out decorations like bon-bons and strutting around Hong Kong in his Gilbert and Sullivan uniform mysteriously failed to win support.

Can-can king

Mayréna started shopping the kingdom round the colonial powers, but handing out decorations like bon-bons and strutting around Hong Kong in his Gilbert and Sullivan uniform mysteriously failed to win support.

The Skossyreff Dynasty

In his brief reign over Andorra, Boris designed his own flag, printed up 10,000 copies of his constitution, declared war on the Bishop of Urgell and laid out a surprisingly forward-thinking plan for his Pyrenean eyrie based on the Monégasque model of casinos and tax breaks.

The Skossyreff Dynasty

In his brief reign over Andorra, Boris designed his own flag, printed up 10,000 copies of his constitution, declared war on the Bishop of Urgell and laid out a surprisingly forward-thinking plan for his Pyrenean eyrie based on the Monégasque model of casinos and tax breaks.

Tirana circus rex

Life, as Ireland’s pre-eminent thinker Ronan Keating once whimsically opined, is a rollercoaster. Few are as familiar with the dizzying highs and crashing lows of the crazy ride we call life than German fairground impresario Norbert Witte.

Tirana circus rex

Life, as Ireland’s pre-eminent thinker Ronan Keating once whimsically opined, is a rollercoaster. Few are as familiar with the dizzying highs and crashing lows of the crazy ride we call life than German fairground impresario Norbert Witte.