TIL Empress Catherine the Great had an intimate relationship with philosopher Dennis Diderot. They had daily meetings talking politics and philosophy during which Diderot would make his points by slapping the monarch’s thighs. She emerged from their meeting with her thighs “bruised and quite black”

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