Augustus the Strong’s Fertility

Augustus the Strong was Elector of Saxony, and was later elected to be King of Poland.  He was a man of enormous physical prowess.  He bent horseshoes with his bare hands.  He held trumpeters aloft, one in each hand, while they played a fanfare.  He engaged in fox tossing with a single finger.

His physical strengths were not limited solely to the muscular, though.  The number of children he had is unknown, but some contemporary sources placed the number of his children at 382, one of whom was legitimate.  Augustus sometimes had to redirect unwitting half-siblings away from each other, so frequent were they in number, in order to prevent incestuous unions.

 

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