few gained royal sponsorship, where they became glorified pets of the rich
and famous, but at least lived in comfort.40
Overall, individuals with birth abnormalities lived outside the normal
structure of society. The arrival of an abnormal child brought speculation
over the source of the abnormalities and the reason for the birth. The
majority of infants died from their conditions and the lack of medical care.
If they survived, most were treated as curiosities and natural wonders.
Although some individuals benefited from their popularity, others lived a
life dominated by prying spectators and loneliness.