By C.S. DENTON
Here, seventy five succinct essays conceal ecu royalty from the final king of Rome to Tsar Nicholas II. there's a permanent public curiosity in royalty and dictatorial rulers: this publication covers them all comprehensively. way over simply sensational debts, the booklet makes a real try to comprehend what drove them to their excesses. a casual, readable kind produces a robust turn-page influence. In our time, while ecu monarchies look little greater than vacationer curiosities and democracy is taken without any consideration, you may overlook how a lot strength pre-democratic rulers may well as soon as wield. The rulers and holders of political strength during this ebook fall into 4 different types: these villainized by means of propaganda; people with critical psychological problems; these concurrently respected and reviled; and people who actually have been the epitome of evil. 'Absolute strength' exhibits how they have been all over excited by way of their exalted prestige or perhaps crushed via it, whereas a couple of have been pushed over the sting into insanity.
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No one cared, but Caligula at least honored the bequests Tiberius arranged in his will. The Romans had their own reasons to ignore Gemellus, besides lingering hatred for the tyrant Tiberius. He was barely a teenager and many, even Tiberius, doubted his legitimacy (his mother was believed to have had a long-standing affair with Sejanus). 6'' from the Roman mob. Caligula even generously adopted Gemellus as his son and designated him as heir to the Empire. He also vowed he would not seek retribution against the people who had informed against his mother and brothers and, in order to make good on his word, Caligula burned in public the papers that implicated them.
Although his temper seems to have been dangerously impulsive, Lucius is also credited in the legends with occasional flashes of cleverness. At war with a neighboring tribe, the Galbi, Livy claims that Lucius staged a violent argument with his youngest son Sextus at a camp within full sight of the enemy. 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.
With Germanicus away, Piso felt free to veto many of Germanicus's acts in the regional government. When he returned to Syria, Germanicus was less than happy with Piso's arrogant breach of authority. Germanicus publicly rebuked Piso and may have considered taking legal action against him, but then suddenly he became bedridden with an illness. Around Germanicus's home, various relics suggesting sorcery including some mummified human remains were allegedly found while Germanicus himself told Agrippina that Piso had poisoned him.
Absolute Power. The Real Lives of Europe's Most Infamous Rulers by C.S. DENTON