A wedding proposal from Shahryar, King of Persia, was a death sentence.
Every morning, the king would marry a new virgin bride. For that day, he would devote every waking moment to the woman, showering her and her family with treasures from the king’s vast storehouse of wealth. Every night the king would consummate the marriage. For most women, this would mark the beginning of a life of luxury. But every night the young queen would stay awake marking each hour, knowing that at sunrise she would be beheaded.
Within a few hours of his ex-wife’s death, the king would marry another woman and begin the cruel ritual anew.
Infidelity had started the cycle of death.1
Shahryar’s first bride had cheated on him. He never forgave her ...