Emperor of Rome, succeded Tiberius.
When he was little, he was beloved by the Roman army. They nicknamed him "Little Boots" and made him their mascot.
Indeed, it appeared as though Caligula had it all. But Roman politics soon took it all from him.
Tiberius had most of his family killed and took little Caligula to live with him on the Isle of Capri.
It's hard to imagine how the young man felt, having to serve the same man who shattered his life.
But it seems likely that it left him with a lingering hatred of Rome, it's traditions and politicians.
So, when Caligula became Emperor, people initially rejoiced. But he soon ushered in an anarchic reign, designed to ridicule the establishment.
He made the army gather seashells, he threatened to make his horse - Incitatus - a senator, he dressed as Roman Gods.
The Roman elite would only take so much of this mockery. Eventually, they cornered Caligula in a hall way and hacked him to death.
Caligula is often portrayed as being insane. But it seems more likely that he was merely filled with a loathing of Rome because of his traumatic childhood.
Caligula's attacks on the establishment indicate that he was some form of primoridal anarchist. His actions were calculated, rather than being the random antics of a maniac.
Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia, was a figure in the Medieval era who has become connected with the Dracula legend. Forget bloodsucking, this guy was in to much more hardcore stuff. He impaled friend and foe alike. One he turned back a Turkish army when they saw thousands upon thousands of their comrades dead on wooden stakes. Once, when an envoy refused to take off his turban in his presence Vlad had it nailed to his head.
Of course, this didn't help Vlad when the Reaper came knocking for him. Eventually he was killed, by the Turks or rebellious nobles we cannot be sure. But his head was cut off, preserved in honey to keep it sweet and then stuck on a pole.
Despite his apparently hideous crimes Vlad was a good ruler. He insisted on total loyalty from his people and his ruthlessness aided him in his war against the Turkish invaders. When first ascending to power one of his first moves was to imprison the treacherous boyars who probably killed his father. And rather than heap favours upon old Lords he apparently prefered to knight members of the peasantry.
Although, as we've seen, it wasn't enough to save him.
Vlad The Impaler was a horribly cruel man but an effective warlord and disciplinarian.
Controversial President of the United States of America. Succeeded Bill Clinton and defeated Al Gore in the 2000 election. He is known for his strong religious convictions, initiating the "War On Terror", creating the PATRIOT Act, unusual speaking manner (Called "Bushisms" by some) and foreign policy choices which a large number of people disagree with. Unfortunately his actions have given Westerners, Americans and Christians a bad name. And some, such as Michael Moore, have gone as far as to say this his 2000 election victory was rigged.
Also known for his close, much ridiculed, relationship with former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
I find George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq repugnant.
As an Atheist I find George W. Bush's overt Christianity disturbing.
Branch of Christianity. Protestants believe that Jesus is the head of the Church. They reject Papal authority and the percieved excesses of the Catholic church.
Protestants are also remarkably unpopular amongst a great deal of people due to the actions of a small number of them. But in the most part they are simply Christians who wish to worship without a central authority, without a buffer between man and God and without the ritualism of other branches of the faith.
Jack became a Protestant after attending a Church sermon.
There are tensions in Ireland between Catholic and Protestant groups.
Graham dislikes Protestants because he is an Athesist.
A Scottish rebel immortalised in the film Braveheart. Despite claims that he murdered men, women, children and religious figures there is no doubt that he fought bravely for his cause.
Eventually he was defeated and subjected to the worst form of capital punishment ever devised. Hanging, drawing and quartering. First dragged to the gallows. Then hung. Then cut down. Then gutted. Then beheaded and cut into quarters. However, this punishment did not have the desired effect and Scottish rebellions would continue for many years.
To this day Wallace remains both a national hero and, to some, an excuse for Anglophobia.
I hate the English. Look what they did to William Wallace!
The execution of William Wallace intensified the resolve of Scottish rebels.
A teacher at Virginia Tech. He died when a student went on a killing spree. Liviu Librescu survived the Holocaust. He survived in Communist Romania. He was a very smart man and, in his final moments, proved himself a hero. Liviu blocked the door to his class so his students could escape. He was shot around five times but his noble sacrifice acheived the desired end. His class (save for one) escaped to safety.
If any of you want a definition of selflessness then look no further than this man. Life had given him a bad deal from childhood yet when push came to shove his compassionate, brave spirit could not be crushed.
He is burried in Israel. At last beyond the hardships of this world.
Liviu Librescu sacrificed his own life to save his students.