Killed by a Watermelon? Royal Iranian Caprices… – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

Even by the standards of oriental despots Mohammad Khan Qajar was a pretty nasty piece of work. He had himself survived as a young man because the then ruler of Persia had decided only to castrate MKQ instead of having him killed, a decision he would soon regret. MKQ was not apparently a sadist. But he recognized that cruelty impressed his subjects and sometimes brought him other benefits: for example, he had one rival, Shahrukh Shah Afshar, slowly tortured to death, to discover where certain royal treasures were buried; and he ordered the slaughter of Christian Tblisi as a warning to…

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