40 Strange Historical Facts That You Didn’t Learn In History Class
Peter the not-so-great
Infidelity sucks, sure, but there are better ways to deal with it than murdering your wife’s lover and preserving his head as a keepsake. Peter the Great did just that, however, when he discovered his wife Catherine had an affair. William Mons was a young German man who acted as the secretary and confidant for Catherine, and their relationship apparently developed into more. When Peter found out, he ordered Mons to be beheaded, and then he kept the head in a jar pickled with spirits. He apparently forced Catherine to keep it by her bed. When Peter died three months after Mons, Catherine kept the head and it remained in her possession until her own death.