9 of the Craziest Kings and Queens in History ...

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Our history is littered with examples of crazy kings and queens, and there are so many interesting stories waiting to be explored.

It's difficult for me, someone from the UK, to imagine a time when a country was ruled entirely by the will of one person, simply by virtue of their birth.

Whilst some monarchs in our history arguably did quite a good job, some of them were out and out crazy;2

the fact that they were often still allowed to rule makes it an even more fascinating time.

How powerful they must have seemed to keep control of an entire country, despite being clearly unfit to rule.

History is littered with the power hungry, the sadistic and the tyrannical - and here are ten of the craziest of crazy kings and queens.

1. Vlad the Impaler

The most notorious of all crazy kings and queens, King Vlad of Wallachia (Southern Romania) was so infamously cruel that he surpassed history and became myth - it's said that Bram Stoker's Dracula is based on Vlad, but he's even more terrifying in reality.

Ruling through fear, his favourite method of execution was death by impaling.

There are countless horror stories about him;

one example is the forest of spikes he allegedly surrounded his castle with, impaling & killing around 20,000 people.

2. Carlos II of Spain

Poor old Carlos was the product of severe inbreeding, resulting in extensive emotional and physical handicaps (his mother and father were niece and uncle).

As well as significant physical deformities, he was a hypersensitive and mentally ill monarch;

once demanding that the coffins of his relatives were dug up and opened so he could look at them.

He also believed himself to be bewitched.

3. Juana of Castille

Upon her marriage, Juana become completely and dangerously in love with her husband, Philip the Handsome.

After he perished from typhoid, she consistently requested the coffin be reopened so she could gaze upon his face, kissing and caressing him...months after his death.

Charles VI of France
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