I like this quote, about Napoleon and the Almanach de Gotha
The self proclaimed Emperor wrote to his Foreign Minister, de Champagny:
Monsieur de Champagny, this year's Almanach de Gotha is badly done. I protest. There should be more of the French Nobility I have created and less of the German Princes who are no longer sovereign. Furthermore, the Imperial Family of Bonaparte should appear before all other royal dynasties, and let it be clear that we and not the Bourbons are the House of France. Summon the Minister of the Interior of Gotha at once so that I personally may order these changes'.
The response of the publishers was to humour Bonaparte by producing two editions: one for France, with the newly ennobled, and one for the remainder of Europe (i.e. those ennobled by those enthroned by Divine Right of Kings, as opposed to a (as they saw it) Corsican upstart.