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10 Of The Craziest Rulers Throughout History



History is full with tales of royalty and monarchs who suffered from insanity, while it may be more suitable to say that their subjects suffered from their madness. In certain cases, it is hard to tell if the actions of these leaders were really the result of madness, or if events were exaggerated. Also, it appears that accusations of madness were frequently used to overthrow royalty. However, there are cases in which a royal family member has been certainly insane. Here are 10 of the most insane rulers in history.

The Zhengde Emperor of China

As the Emperor of China in the starting of the 16th Century, this man was known for playing games of make-believe in the royal gardens and forcing his subjects to play along with him.

Farouk of Egypt

Farouk, the last king of Egypt, was known as a ‘stomach with a head’ after he grew to 300 pounds. The strangest though, was his kleptomania. Once, the king stole a watch from Winston Churchill. However, in his most popular act, he went to the Cairo zoo and shot the lions after having bad dreams.