It is said that Rasputin revelled in palace intrigue and created an atmosphere of paranoia and distrust similar to the one that Henry VIII of England had allowed to fester in his own court, back in the 16th century. In England in those days, if you wanted to stay alive, you had to network ferociously and maintain amicable relations with all sides. You could never tell when someone would whisper something down the fat toad’s ears about you and if that happened, you were a dead man. Hank’s favorite and only mode of punishment was beheading. If you were be married to Henry, you had a 40% chance of being executed, for as lame a thing as not being able to bear a male heir.
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