The Autopsy of Charles II of Spain

How the inbred king’s body revealed the maladies that plagued his miserable life

Charles II of Spain

The prime example of the rampant inbreeding common in the Hapsburg royal family manifested most grotesquely in the pathetic figure of Charles II of Spain. Generations of interfamilial marriage led to the end of the Hapsburg’s control of Spain and the unfortunate existence…