Added on: 2nd Mar 2015
EMPEROR JUSTIN II
As the Byzantine Emperor from 565 to 576 Justin reportedly
began to lose his mind near the end of his reign. He was
pushed around the palace on a wheelchair snapping at attendants
as he passed and even reportedly ate a few of them.
IBRAHIM OF THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE
An Ottoman Sultan known to have an obsession with fat women
he had his agents track down the fattest one possible. He also had
280 of his concubines drowned in the ocean when he heard that they
had slept with another man and he would regularly feed
coins to fish in the palace pool.
KING CHARLES VI OF FRANCE
Before going mad he was apparently known as Charles the
Well Loved, afterwards he became Charles the Mad. Reportedly
killing his own knights after one of them dropped a spear, he also
refused to bathe and for a long time believed he was made of glass.
ANNA OF RUSSIA
Although she was placed on the throne by old nobles hoping that she
would be a figurehead, she not only assumed power by her wooing of
the imperial guards but she was found to love cruel jokes, especially
on the nobles who appointed her.
ERIK XIV OF SWEDEN
Known for being insanely paranoid, he was known to have people
executed simply for laughing in his presence. He even believed he
was his own brother for a while. Eventually though his worst fears
came true and he died of poisoning.
PRINCESS ALEXANDRA AMALIE OF BAVARIA
She somehow became convinced that as a child she had
swallowed a glass piano. She also had an obsession with
cleanliness and would only wear white.
FERDINAND I OF AUSTRIA
A product of inbreeding, he was epileptic, encephalitic, and rarely talked.
In fact, it has been stated that the only words he ever said were
“I am the Emperor, and I want dumplings”.
THE ZHENGDE EMPEROR OF CHINA
As the Emperor of China in the beginning of the 16th Century
this guy was known for playing make believe in the royal gardens
and forcing everyone to play along with him.
FAROUK OF EGYPT
The last ruling king of Egypt, Farouk was known as a “stomach with a head”
after he grew to over 300 pounds. What was most bizarre though,
was his kleptomania. He even stole a watch from Winston Churchill once.
In his most famous act, however, he went to the zoo and shot all the
lions after having nightmares.