Ezzo, Count Palatine of Lotharingia, won his wife, Matilda of Germany, in a chess game. He played against her brother, Otto III, for her hand in marriage, and won.
King Minos of Knossos was called “most royal” by Hesiod and a confidant of Zeus by Homer. He was known as a king and a lawgiver and a guardian of justice. He created the first state based on naval power and ruled the Aegean. Yet, because of his power over Athens, he was depicted by them as cruel and bloodthirsty, and because of the power and permanence of Attic words he has gone down in history reviled and remembered only as the keeper of the Minotaur and abductor of children.