9 for the monarchs that is worst of all time. This competition is currently closed

From ‘Bad King John’ while the debauched Gaius Caligula to the” that is“useless, Queen of Scots, historian Sean Lang rounds up nine regarding the worst kings and queens of all time…

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History does not have any shortage of disastrous rulers; this list can potentially have already been filled up with the Roman emperors alone. Rulers have already been homicidal, like Nero or Genghis Khan; incompetent, like Edward II; entirely untrustworthy, like Charles we; or amiable but inadequate, like Louis XVI of France or Tsar Nicholas II.

Some royal stinkers had been restricted inside their ability doing harm that is serious the self-absorbed Edward VIII by their abdication,

The narcissistic prince regent and king, George IV, because of the constitutional limitations on his energy. Plus the mass murderer and‘Emperor’ that is self-proclaimed Bokassa regarding the main African Empire could have showcased with this list had their imperial status been internationally recognised, nonetheless it wasn’t.

Nearly-rans through the French Emperor Napoleon III, whose delusions of competence generated catastrophe in Italy, Mexico and lastly beat as a result of Bismarck, plus the German Kaiser Wilhelm II, a ludicrously gauche and immature ruler but maybe not really accountable by himself for establishing Germany, and also the remainder of European countries, in to the very very First World War.

The nearly-rans likewise incorporate the extravagant waste of cash and room that went because of the title of King Ludwig II of Bavaria; and absentee monarchs like Richard we of England and Charles XII of Sweden – both of those great army leaders whom invested most of their reigns away at war, including amount of time in captivity, as opposed to seeing to your affairs of these kingdoms.

Right right right Here, then, is my range of the nine worst monarchs ever sold…

Gaius Caligula (AD 12–41)

There are lots of other contenders for worst Roman Emperor – Nero and Commodus as an example – but Caligula‘s angry reign sets a higher standard. After a start that is promising their reign he seemingly have put down especially to intimidate and humiliate the senate and high demand associated with military, in which he provided grave offense, not minimum in Jerusalem, by declaring himself a god; also the Romans typically just recognised deification after death.

Caligula instituted a reign of terror through arbitrary arrest for treason, much as their predecessor Tiberius had done; it had been additionally commonly rumoured which he had been involved in incest together with his siblings and therefore he lived a life of intimate debauchery, and also this could well be real. The storyline of their making his horse a consul, meanwhile, might have been exaggerated, however it had not been away from character.

Caligula’s unforgivable error had been to jeopardise Rome’s armed forces reputation by declaring sort of surreal war from the ocean, buying his soldiers to wade in and slash during the waves due to their swords and gathering chests high in seashells because the spoils of their ‘victory’ within the god Neptune, king for the ocean and also by his failed campaign against the Germans, which is why he nevertheless awarded himself a triumph. He had been assassinated by the guard that is praetorian advertising 41.

Caligula’s successor, Claudius, had been a noticable difference but, regardless of the picture that is favourable Robert Graves’s famous book we, Claudius, maybe perhaps maybe not by much.

Pope John XII (954–964)

Also by the lax requirements regarding the medieval papacy, John XII sticks out as an emergency associated with greatest purchase. He had been elected pope during the ripe later years of 18 as an element of a deal that is political the Roman nobility, and then he inherited a conflict for control over Italy amongst the papacy therefore the Italian master Berengarius.

John had the help associated with the effective emperor that is german we, who swore to guard John’s name, but John himself ended up being too taken on with a life of drunken intercourse events into the Lateran to care way too much in any event. He recovered from their hangover enough to simply accept oath that is otto’s of loyalty after which quickly linked up behind Otto’s right straight straight back together with his enemy, Berengarius.

Understandably annoyed, Otto had John overthrown and accused, among other items, of simony (clerical corruption), murder, perjury and incest, in which he replaced him by having a new pope, Leo VIII. Nonetheless, John undergone a revival together with Leo’s supporters penalized ruthlessly: one cardinal had their hand take off and he previously a bishop whipped.

Full-scale war broke away between John and Otto, until John unexpectedly died – in bed with another wife that is man’s or so rumour had it.