During his reign Caligula had forced his uncle Claudius to marry Valeria Messalina, 30 years his junior. It was intended as a joke but Claudius very quickly became besotted with her, he was always a slave to his women. She found him physically repulsive with his bad skin, club foot, stammer and tendency to dribble. Even so she bore him two children. She was a licentious, deceitful, and greedy woman, and was determined to rule. If that meant having sex with her monstrous husband then so be it.