12 Deranged Rulers Too Outlandish For The History Textbooks

Published July 14, 2017
Updated July 20, 2017

When it comes to holding a position of extraordinary power, it sometimes seems as though being insane is almost a job requirement. Few of us would thrive in a role of supreme leadership, and most would be incompetent at best.

But, as history shows, incompetence is not actually the worst character trait that a leader can have. Some leaders are so unhinged that they’re downright dangerous.

In fact, countless rulers throughout history have gone mad with power. Here, we’ve collected the most bizarre of the bunch:

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Next, read up on history's biggest psychos. Then, discover 21 historical figures that you didn't realize had legitimate mental disorders.

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