Long gone are the days when kings and queens were called messenger of God. Thanks to democracy we don’t have to keep up with mad kings and queen like the one’s in this list. Check them out.
6. Joanna Of Castile, Queen Of Castile & Leon:
Also called ‘Joanna the mad’, was originally from Aragon. She was married to Philip the Handsome of Castile and it was out of the reunion of the two, that modern Spain has emerged. Soon after their marriage, Philip died and Joanna, who as a young woman, she was known to be highly intelligent, was deemed mentally unstable. Today historians speculate what her illness might have been – melancholia, depressive disorder, psychosis, or schizophrenia (that ran in her family). She was sent off to live in nunnery for the rest of her life but legally remained the queen of Castile.
5. Ludwig II, Bavaria:
Ludwig II or Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm, apart from being entitled as the King of Bavaria, had a number of entitlements like the Swan King, the Fairy Tale King, Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia. Unlike a good Ludwig squandered his time and money on building lavish palaces and architectural projects.
He pardoned many extravagant artists and cared not a whit for his people. Based on his behavior, he was deemed insane by many, yet there has always been a doubt regarding this call. Today in Bavaria, Ludwig II is revered for his legacy of architecture and art.
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4. George III, UK:
George III ruled Great Britain and Ireland before the two countries were united and after the union as well, until the day he died. His reign has seen conflicts and has been mainly deemed as unsuccessful. During the later part of his life George III had suffered from recurrent metal illness which some think was related to the blood disease porphyria, cause of which has remained unknown. Today in Britain, he has remained as a symbol of “the scapegoat for the failure of imperialism”.
3. Ibrahim, Ottoman Empire:
Known as one of the most notorious Ottoman Sultans, Ibrahim succeeded his deceased brother Murad IV. Following a childhood of persecution by Murad IV, when Ibrahim finally sat on the throne, he began suffering recurring headaches and attacks of physical weakness. Initially the Ottoman king had shown interest in public welfare but after sickness dawned on him, he got detracted and came under the influence of concubines.
He spent extravagantly on his eight chosen concubines, favored them with positions at royal consort, granting them riches and lands and even married one of them. Eventually he was seized, thrown to prison and his 7 years-old son Meḥmed was made Sultan.
2. Caligula, Roman Emperor:
Caligula, better known as Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus lived between AD 12 and AD 41. He got his nickname Caligula (meaning “little soldier’s boot”) when he was quiet young while accompanying his father in a campaign. When his father died, Caligula along with his siblings and mother returned to Roman but had a terrible quarrel with the then Emperor, grand-uncle and adoptive grandfather Tiberius.
The conflict destroyed his family and Caligula became the sole surviving male member. So upon Tiberius, he got the throne quiet easily. And during the next 3 years 10 months reign Caligula proved to be cruel, sadistic, extravagant, sexual pervert, somewhat of an insane tyrant. He was later assassinated and succeeds by his uncle, Cladius.
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1. Charles VI, France:
Sometime he’s called ‘the beloved’ sometimes ‘the mad’. Form the age of 11, he sat on the throne and ruled over France for 42 long years. Before reaching the age of 21 when he’d be officially ready to handle his power as king, the Kingdom was managed by his four uncles who, for personal gains squandered the royal treasury.
When Charles VI came to full power, he got rid of his selfish uncles and his father’s former advisers on board. But in 1392, during a campaign Charles VI went mad all of a sudden, killing 4 knights and almost slaying his brother. From then on he’d have attacks on insanity frequently and for longer duration, which was the cause many crisis in the kingdom.