By C.S. DENTON
Here, seventy five succinct essays hide ecu royalty from the final king of Rome to Tsar Nicholas II. there's an everlasting public curiosity in royalty and dictatorial rulers: this ebook covers them all comprehensively. way over simply sensational bills, the e-book makes a real try and comprehend what drove them to their excesses. an off-the-cuff, readable kind produces a powerful turn-page impact. In our time, while ecu monarchies appear little greater than vacationer curiosities and democracy is taken without any consideration, you could put out of your mind how a lot strength pre-democratic rulers may as soon as wield. The rulers and holders of political strength during this e-book fall into 4 different types: these villainized through propaganda; people with severe psychological problems; these at the same time respected and reviled; and those that actually have been the epitome of evil. 'Absolute strength' exhibits how they have been all over excited by means of their exalted prestige or maybe crushed through it, whereas a couple of have been pushed over the sting into insanity.
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Afterwards Sextus pretended to sneak out of Rome and went crying to the Galbi chieftains, claiming to be willing to defect to his father's enemies for the sake of revenge. Sextus rose to prominence as a general for the enemy, even leading them on devastating raids against Roman territory, but after receiving a secret sign from his father, Sextus used the trust and fame he had gained to assassinate the enemy leaders or turn them against each other. Lucius's intelligence or lack thereof is also the topic of a well-known anecdote.
Despite what most would expect, Tiberius did not rise in the ranks so quickly simply because he was the Emperor's stepson, although the connection certainly did not hurt. Even Tiberius's most relentless critics agree he possessed a good deal of authentic military talent, which became clear when he fought successfully against the Parthians2, a people who had been a thorn in Rome's side since a disastrous campaign against them in 53 BC. When dealing with political matters later in life, Tiberius could be just as successful thanks to the fact that he was honest and pragmatic, if more than a bit cautious and tight-fisted.
Any person or persons who do any unauthorised act in relation to this publication may be liable to criminal prosecution and civil claims for damages. ISBN: 978-1-84858-474-7 AD000016EN Cover image: Ivan the Terrible © Corbis UK Illustrations by Barrington Barber Acknowledgements In the two long years this book was both a job and an obsession, many people offered me their advice and support. First I would like to thank the staff at the Alderman Library at the University of Virginia. Without their assistance and the resources there, my research simply wouldn't have made it very far.
Absolute Power. The Real Lives of Europe's Most Infamous Rulers by C.S. DENTON