By Leslie Carroll
Ivan the Terrible
King Richard the Third
Who and What
What? Twelve stories of the "brats, brutes, and bad seeds" that used their power for evil.
Vlad the Impaler ruled Romania in 1448, 1456-1462, and 1476. He is responsible for the death of up to a hundred thousand people. The main way in which he slaughtered them is presented in his sobriquet, Vlad the Impaler.
George, Duke of Clarence and Richard, Duke of Gloucester- George and Richard were brothers who needed to work on their sharing skills. Richard, a ruthless judicial murderer, was conspired against four times by his next- eldest brother, George.
Ivan the Terrible- Ivan ruled Russia from 1533- 1583. Following along the lines of a classic psychopath, at a young age Ivan enjoyed watching animals die and had a severe case of paranoia. He was like Vlad in the way he enjoyed a good old torture session.
Lettice Knollys- Lettice, born in 1543 and died in 1634 was her cousin's, Queen Elizabeth of England, doppelganger. More than just looking alike, Lettice wanted to be Elizabeth. And since that was impossible, she settled on stealing her man.
Vlad the Impaler
Erzsebet Bathory "The Blood Countess"
Pauline Bonaparte- This saucy sister of Napoleon was involved in too many scandalous love affairs to count.
Archduke Rudolf- Rudolf was a suicidal alcoholic who lived from 1858-1889. He and his lover, Mary Vetsera, killed themselves in an "act of love" after he gave up his dream of remodeling the Church's power.
Prince Albert Victor- Albert's reputation is soiled because he was believed to be involved in homosexual affairs and was wrongly thought to have a connection to Jack the Ripper of the early 1800s.
Princess Margaret- Countess of Snowdon from 1930-2002. The beautiful Margaret was a believer in true love, but could never find it. Spoiled and vain, Margaret was a heavy drinker and smoker, dying in 2002 after her third stroke.
Royal- relation to a king, queen or other sovereignStrategist- someone who is capable of planning others next moves esp. in warfare
Alliance- agreement to a truce, usually temporary between two nations
Usurp- to take over thrown by force
Cannibalism- the act of a species eating flesh of it's own kind
Affairs- a married person with a boy/girlfriend