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Three absolutely mad rulers from the history

A story about three insane rulers

By Brenton DeerPublished 2 months ago 4 min read
Three absolutely mad rulers from the history
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1. We are starting the list with one of the most brutal rulers in Rome’s history - Emperor Nero of Rome.

During his early years, Nero was influenced by advisors who helped him implement policies that were well-received by the Roman people. However, as he grew older, he began to indulge in his own interests, such as music and athletic competitions, and became increasingly paranoid and cruel. He was known for his extravagance and excesses, which led to widespread discontent among the population.

One of the most famous events of Nero's reign was the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, which destroyed much of the city. Nero was rumored to have started the fire himself, in order to clear land for a new palace, and then blamed the Christians for the disaster. This led to widespread persecution of the Christian community in Rome.

Nero also executed or exiled many of his political opponents, including his own mother, Agrippina the Younger, and his wife, Octavia. He also engaged in a number of conflicts with the Parthian Empire, which led to the Roman defeat and loss of territory.

Nero's reign was marked by political instability and economic turmoil, and he became increasingly unpopular with the Roman people. In 68 AD, a rebellion broke out and Nero was forced to flee Rome. He ultimately committed suicide in 68 AD, after being declared a public enemy by the Roman Senate.

Emperor Nero's rule is considered as one of the most controversial in Roman history, some historians see him as a cruel and decadent ruler who brought the Roman Empire to the brink of collapse, while others see him as a victim of political circumstance and imperial intrigue.

2. The next place is for another Rome Imperor - Emperor Caligula, he was the third emperor of Rome and ruled from 37-41 AD

Caligula was known for his eccentricity, cruelty, and sadism. He was infamous for his sexual perversions, and for his brutal treatment of both the Roman nobility and the general population. He was also known for his extravagance, and for using the empire's resources for personal gain, including building a bridge across the Bay of Naples using ships as pontoons, and planning to make his horse a consul.

Caligula is also known for his tyrannical rule and the widespread repression of political opposition. He ordered the execution of many Roman citizens, including members of the Roman Senate, and engaged in widespread confiscation of property. He also made himself a god and ordered the construction of a temple in his honor.

Caligula's rule was marked by political instability, economic turmoil, and widespread discontent among the Roman people. In 41 AD, he was assassinated by members of the Praetorian Guard, and the Roman Senate declared him a public enemy.

Emperor Caligula is considered one of the most notorious rulers in Roman history, his rule is seen as an example of a tyrannical and cruel leadership, and his name became synonymous with insanity and excess.

3. On third place we put an English king. King Henry VIII was the King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547.

In 1509, at the age of 18, he became king upon the death of his father. He initially followed in his father's footsteps and continued the policies of the previous reign. However, in 1525, his desire for a male heir led him to seek an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, who had not produced a surviving son. When Pope Clement VII refused to annul the marriage, Henry broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and established the Church of England, with himself as the head.

This led to the English Reformation, which had far-reaching political, economic and social consequences. He dissolved monasteries, convents and priories, seizing their lands and wealth and used it to create a powerful central government. He also married six times, famously beheading two of his wives, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, on charges of adultery.

King Henry VIII is considered one of the most controversial figures in English history due to his role in the English Reformation, his many marriages, and his violent nature. During his time of ruling he is known with the many executions of people close to him because of his paranoia.

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Brenton Deer

Some people may say that i'm weird, some will say i am ingenious, but i'd say... i am myself?

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