From tyrannical kings to high-handed dictators, history has witnessed several cruel rulers. While many rulers exhibited tyranny in order to achieve certain goals, some exercised cruelty just to show off their power over others. Some of these rulers were downright brutal, so much so that their actions were stranger than fiction!
See this man? This man’s name was Maximilien Robespierre. He was a middle-class lawyer in France, a young man with a powerful mind and an even more formidable voice. His speeches, even during his days in law studies, were legendary. And as an ambitious middle-class man of letters, Robespierre could not have been born into a time with more opportunity for his advancement. Later in life, Robespierre could recall a story from when he was a law student. The king, Louis XVI, came through in an ornately decorated