Sex is an incredible force, if you doubt that just ask anyone who’s ever created a commercial, no matter what the product is it’s guaranteed that sex will sell it. Some would even argue that the internet developed so quickly because of all the p**n you can download, but we prefer to believe the internet grew because of funny list articles. Anyhow, if you still don’t believe that sex is influencing your life, consider these historic events that were a direct result of sex.
1.The Fall of the Aztec Empire
When Cortez and his handful of conquistadors arrived in South America they encountered one of the most war-loving empires in the history of human kind. Although the Spanish had guns and horses the sheer numbers and blood-lust of Aztec soldiers should have easily defeated them. However Cortez and his men had two incredible lucky breaks. First of all the Aztec people considered the conquistadors to be sent by the gods, and secondly Cortez met La Malinche or Dona Maria as she is also known.
While history has little clear information on La Malinche, we do know that she was a slave given to the Spanish as an offering. Cortez liked her so much that he took her as his personal mistress and the two fell in love. Cortez taught her Spanish and the woman soon became his main way of communicating with the Aztecs.
Even more interesting she was the one who helped the Spanish reach the capital city of Tenochtitlan and repeatedly saved them from ambushes. In fact, in almost all stories written by the conquistadors, the Spanish men mention time and time again how without her aid the conquest of Mexico would have failed.
Of course historians wondered time and time again why a woman would betray her own people so easily. One answer is that she was given away as a slave and that might have caused a lot of resentment, but the conquistadors received many slaves who were as close to the Spanish people. When it comes down to it the only reason why the Aztec people were easily defeated was that Cortez and La Malinche shared a bedroom.
2.The Empress Theodora
Theodora rules alongside Justinian during the 500’s. She is considered one of the most influential women in byzantine history and a true reformer of women’s rights. Historians agree that she co-ruled with Justinian, creating several very innovative laws. Among other things she made rape forbidden by law, she allowed women to own property and helped rebuild all of Constantinople, turning it into one of the most beautiful cities of medieval times. As if that was not enough she is often quoted as a patron of the helpless and the poor, having created several free hospitals and often donating to Constantinople’s churches and hospices. Her deeds were impressive enough that she is now considered a saint in the Orthodox faith.
However, something few people know about Theodora is how she came to be the queen of the Byzantine Empire. Theodora as well as her sisters were actresses, a job that meant they were more or less prostitutes. This is a well documented fact with several Byzantine historians agreeing that she was a courtesan. In fact Procopius, a famous byzantine historian, wrote that Theodora bedded countless men in her career and was one of the most well known courtesans in all of Constantinople.
It was probably her fame which brought Justinian into her bedroom, where the two fell in love. Their love prompted Justinian to change the byzantine marriage laws, which didn’t allow a noble man to marry a courtesan. In conclusion, although Theodora was an incredibly gifted ruler and her name remained in history as a very intelligent and kind woman, it was only her background as a courtesan that allowed her to meet Justinian and become queen.
3.Henry the VIIIth founds a new religion
During the Middle Ages Catholicism was the most widespread religion in the West of Europe. The pope had significant influence from Spain all the way to Poland and many rulers followed what Rome dictated without any question. However, one of the first problems in Catholicism came forth when Henry the VIIIth decided to divorce his first wife Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope quickly pointed out that this was a sin and when Henry went through with the ceremony anyway he was excommunicated.
Perhaps in order to maintain his position of authority or maybe just because he was fed up with the Catholics Henry started his own church, the Anglican faith. While basically identical to Catholicism, except for dogmatic rules, this branching off from the main church in Rome was the start of a rapid decline for the pope’s influence in Europe. Martin Luther had started the protestant movement just a few years earlier and several other branches of Christianity would soon appear encouraged by the Anglican and Protestant church.
Some historians argue that all of western history was influenced by this period when personal faith started to be manifested in new ways through small sects. Even more it’s because of the puritan sect that the Unites States has the moral background that it displays nowadays. Either way you look at it the separation of England from the Pope was a revolutionary moment, which happened only because Henry the VIIIth wanted to sleep with a different woman.
4. Rahab the Harlot
When it comes to the Old Testament there are many questionable events, ranging from violent murders to deviant sexual acts. However, one of the most important and often ignored stories in the legends of the Jewish people is the tale of Rahab the prostitute. While the story has been often reinterpreted to make it less offensive in the original version Rahab is always recognized as a prostitute, which is why she could afford to live alone in her own house. This is a crucial element of the story, because it allowed her to harbor Jewish spies while they were investigated the city of Jericho for a potential attack.
According to the bible it was because of two Jewish spies that Rahab housed that the city of Jericho was conquered, allowing the Jews to settle in Canaan. Since she lived alone, without family or slaves no one reported the Jewish spies and even more since the Canaanite soldiers knew her they did not investigate her house properly.
Her role was so important that she is recognized as the only person from Jericho to be left alive and according to some interpretations she later married Salomon, her bloodline going as far as David or maybe even Jesus.
Most people know Cleopatra from movies, remembering her dramatic ending when she chose to kill herself using a snake. While that part of the story is probably fiction some historians believe that Cleopatra should be remembered because of her involvement in Caesar’s assassination.
Although thirty years younger than Caesar the two became lovers after a brief Egyptian civil war in which Rome supported Cleopatra against Ptolemy. Caesar, who was married to an Italian woman, brought Cleopatra back to Rome to the shock of the entire Roman nobility. The scandal was so great that Cicero claimed in his letters all of Rome hated Cleopatra. Despite this Caesar built her several statues and was often seen in public with her.
Based on the letters from Cicero some historians argue that Cleopatra’s presence was the last straw that pushed the roman nobles to assassinate Caesar. While only a theory we do know that Cleopatra was in Rome when the assassination took place and she was forced to flee the city in great haste. It is obvious that Caesar had many enemies, but it’s quite possible that his choice of sex partners contributed to his death.
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