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The Grimaldi Family Curse

Princeês Palace, Palais Princier, Monaco-Ville, Monaco, Cote DêAzur, France
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According to popular legend, the royal Grimaldi dynasty is afflicted with a curse dating back to the 13th century. In 1267, a nobleman named Francesco Grimaldi disguised himself as a monk and overtook Monaco’s castle. He became the first Prince Rainier and sent several heretics and witches to death.

But it didn’t end there. Prince Rainier had kidnapped a young maiden to wed, but upon finding out that she was a witch, sent her to death by stake. Before she died, the woman claimed, “Never will a Grimaldi find true happiness in marriage.”