When it comes to emperors or kings, the first thing that comes to mind is their luxurious life. Because many of the rulers are known for their extravagant lifestyle. It also comes with tremendous power and security. Most of us would agree that it wouldn’t be easy to harm a monarch! 😊 However, historical examples show that having this power does not mean you are immortal. 😪 We searched for rulers who were brutally murdered despite having power and wealth…
Emperor Vitellius ruled the Roman Empire in 69 AD. His reign lasted only eight months. He was described as a cruel, wasteful and perverted man who loved gluttony and gambling. In July, armies in the east of the Roman Empire declared themselves in favor of Titus Flavius Vespasian and marched on the capital. At the Battle of Bedriacum, Vitellius was defeated but refused to abdicate. Thereupon, Vespasian’s army seized the emperor, tied his hands, tied a noose around his neck, and dragged him half-naked to the square in the middle of Rome. The people mocked the emperor, threw manure at him. He was then tortured and dragged with a hook and thrown into the river. Having killed Vitellius, Vespasian became the new emperor of Rome and reigned for ten years.
Emperor Andronikos I
Emperor Andronikos I, who ruled the Byzantine Empire from 1183 to 1185, introduced harsh regulations to limit the power of feudal landlords and nobles. As the number of executions increased, the Byzantine Empire turned into a state of terror. This is the King of Sicily II. It led to several uprisings, including the invasion of William. In the end, Isaac Angelos of the Komnenos family overthrew the emperor. Forced to flee the city of Constantinople, Andronikos boarded a ship with his wife and mistresses. He intended to reach Russia via the Black Sea, but was caught before he could escape and brought back to the city. Andronikos suffered a slow and painful death here. The people tore Andronikos to pieces for several days. They gouged out his eyes, pulled out his teeth, and severed his various limbs. At the end of all this, the body of Andronikos was placed between the columns.
King II. Henry
King of France from 1547 to 1559. Henry excelled in diplomacy and warfare. He was also a good fighter and held a joust tournament in Paris for a celebration. He was 40 years old at the time, yet he wanted to participate in the tournament. Encountering Gabriel de Montgomery, he received a blow to the head and splinters pierced the upper part of his eye. Although the best doctors in France took care of him for a few days, his fever did not decrease and he died of blood poisoning.
The ruler of the Maratha Empire from 1681 to 1689, Chhatrapati Sambhaji was at constant war with the Mughal Empire. It was eventually captured by Mughal troops in the town of Sangameshwar. Troops took Sambhaji to Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. They dressed Sambhaji in funny clothes and tied him on the back of a camel. Aurangzeb offered to spare his life in exchange for castles and treasures, but Sambhaji refused and made fun of Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb then tortured him for weeks. His eyes were gouged out and his tongue cut out, the cut pieces thrown to the dogs. He was subsequently executed by beheading on the banks of the river.
Czar II. Nicholas
Tsar II, Russian ruler from 1894 to 1917. Nicholas was brutally murdered along with his family. After the Bolshevik Revolution, a war broke out between supporters of the revolution and supporters of the old regime. During this civil war, the Red Army locked up Nicholas and his family in a large mansion. Valuables of family members were taken and each was locked in a room. Vladimir Lenin was worried that the White Army would save the tsar. Therefore, he ordered the execution of Nicholas. The tsar and his family, who were taken to the lower floor of the house on the pretext of their security, were executed here. Their youngest child was just 13 years old. The soldiers took their jewels, burned them in the forest, and then buried them in the mine. Nicholas was the last ruler of Russia. The Red Army won the war and formed the Soviet Union.