Here are some one liners...
The Best Government that Money Can Buy -- The Queen of Poland and Duchess of Lithuania (same person) takes protection money, and uses it to improve the country.
Treason and the Two Witness Rule -- When you can't change a law... place more restrictions around it so that very few people are convicted of it.
Ivan and Anastasia... a Terrible Love Story -- Ivan the Terrible picks a bride by parading 2,000 girls in front of him. What a guy!
The Best Government that Money Can BuyQueen Bona Sforza and her minions grant protection to anyone willing to pay and when that transaction is complete, her minions go to the opposing group and shake them down for protection money too. Her husband, King Sigismund the 1st, the King of Poland, is less corruptible, supporting Protestants and Jews when it seems like the right thing to do. This year Queen Bona institutes tax reforms, sets up farming units called voloks (almost 53 acres), introduces "Italian vegetables" (cauliflower, tomatoes and lettuce) and institutes a three-crop rotation. She also improves the roads, demanding that they be as straight as possible. Tax revenues quadruple. Perhaps she won't have to take bribes any more? Not a chance.    
Treason and the Two Witness RuleWith the passing of King Henry the 8th of England, and the succession of his son, King Edward the 6th, the Parliament has decided to correct some of the excesses in the previous laws. The Treason Act of 1547 now requires two witnesses to convict a person of treason.  This law remains in effect in the United States through its Constitution, Article 3, Section 3:
- No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.