Monsters : History's Most Evil Men and Women

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The preferred method of torture of Vlad Dracul, 15th-century prince of Wallachia, was to attach a horse to each of the victim's legs as a sharpened stake was gradually forced into his body; Vlad also enjoyed scalping, skinning and boiling alive. The 14th-century Mongol warlord Tamerlane once ordered the building of a pyramid of 70,000 human skulls from those that his army had beheaded...In 101 World Heroes Simon Sebag Montefiore selected his ultimate heroes and heroines. Now he offers his readers the other - darker - side of the coin. Monsters presents, in chronological order, grimly fascinating profiles of 101 notorious and profoundly sinister individuals whose actions have one thing in common - they have had a baleful and blood-soaked impact on the annals of world history.From Attila the Hun to Basil the Bulgar Slayer, from Pedro the Cruel to Ivan the Terrible, and from Richard III to Saddam Hussein, Monsters is a devilishly compelling gallery of history's greatest ghouls, including: Caligula, Richard III, Adolf Eichmann, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot, Charles Manson, Herman Cortes, Adolf Hitler, Al Capone, Laventi Beria, Lucrezia Borgia, Nicolae Ceausescu, Vlad the Impaler, Saddam Hussein, Simon de Montfort, Pablo Escobar, Ivan the Terrible, Genghis Khan, Idi Amin, Attila, Josef Mengele, Heinrich Himmler, Mao Zedong, Osama bin Laden, Kim Il Sung, Slobodan Milosevic, Empress Cixi, Tomas de more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 299.37g
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Rev. ed.
  • 16 pages of colour illustrations
  • 1847249515
  • 9781847249517
  • 87,477

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'Comprehensive, chilling and highly compelling' Daily Express. Daily Express 'Entertaining and informative. Full of offbeat, fascinating detail' Sunday Telegraph. Sunday Telegraph 'Compulsive reading' The Times. The Times 'Really catering to our appalled fascination with evil' Guardian. Guardianshow more

About Simon Sebag Montefiore

Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous history books, including Jerusalem: The Biography and Catherine the Great & Potemkin, as well as the award-winning Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar and Young Stalin. His books are published in 40 languages. He lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two more

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Introduction. Jezebel 9th century BC. Nebuchadnezzar c.630-562 BC. Qin Shi Huangdi c.259-210 BC. Sulla 138-78 BC. Herod the Great 73-4 BC. Empress Livia 58 BC-AD 29. Caligula AD 12-41. Nero AD 37-68. Domitian AD 51-96. Commodus AD 161-92. Caracalla AD 186-217. Attila the Hun 406-53. Empress Theodora 497-548. Empress Wu 625-705. Justinian II 669-711. Pope John XII c.937-64. Basil the Bulgar Slayer 957/8-1025. Hassan-i-Sabbah, Sheikh of Alamut 1056-1124. Godfrey of Bouillon 1060-1100. Andronikus I Komnenos c.1118-85. Simon de Montfort 1160-1218. Genghis Khan c.1163-1227. King John 1167-1216. Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March 1287-1330. Pedro the Cruel 1334-69. Tamerlane 1336-1405. (Anti-) Pope Clement VII 1342-94. Richard II 1367-1400. Gilles de Rais 1404-40. Tomas de Torquemada 1420-98. Vlad the Impaler 1431-76. Richard III 1452-85. Girolamo Savonarola 1452-98. Selim the Grim 1470-1520. Francisco Pizarro c.1475-1541. Barbarossa c.1478-1546; Silver Arm c.1474-1518. Lucrezia Borgia 1480-1519. Hernan Cortes 1485-1547. Henry VIII 1491-1547. The Duke of Alba 1507-82. Bloody Mary 1516-58. Ivan the Terrible 1530-84. Humphrey Gilbert c.1539-83. Sawney Beane 16th century. Countess Elizabeth Bathory 1560-1614. Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venose 1566-1613. Albrecht von Wallenstein 1583-1634. Aurangzeb 1618-1707. Titus Oates 1649-1705. Nader Shah 1688-1747. Maximilien Robespierre 1758-94. Shaka 1787-1828. Behram d.1840. Jack the Ripper. William Walker 1824-60. Francisco Lopez 1827-70. Empress Dowager Cixi 1835-1908. Leopold II 1835-1909. Jacob H. Smith 1840-1918. Lothar von Trotha 1848-1920. Dr Crippen 1862-1910. Vladimir Lenin 1870-1924. Pancho Villa 1878-1923. Josef Stalin 1878-1953. Talat Pasha 1881-1922. Benito Mussolini 1883-1945. Hideki Tojo 1884-1948. Baron Ungern von Sternberg 1886-1921. Adolf Hitler 1889-1945. Ante Pavelic 1889-1959. Francisco Franco 1892-1975. Mao Zedong 1893-1976. Nikolai Yezhov 1895-1940. Marshal Choibalsan 1895-1952. Dr Marcel Petiot 1897-1946. Al Capone 1899-1947. Lavrenti Beria 1899-1953. Heinrich Himmler 1900-45. Rudolf Hoess 1900-47. Adolf Eichmann 1906-62. Dr Hastings Banda c.1906-97. Francois 'Papa Doc' Duvalier 1907-71. Enver Hoxha 1908-85. Dr Josef Mengele 1911-79. Kim Il Sung 1912-94. Alfredo Stroessner 1912-2006. Nicolae Ceausescu 1918-89; Elena Ceausescu 1916-89. Francisco Macias Nguema 1924-79. Pol Pot 1925-98. Idi Amin 1925-2003. Mobutu Sese Seko 1930-97. Salvatore Riina b.1930. Jim Jones 1931-78. Charles Manson b.1934. Mengistu Haile Mariam b.1937. Saddam Hussein 1937-2006. Turkmenbashi 1940-2006. Slobodan Milosevic 1941-2006. Pablo Escobar 1949-93. Osama bin Laden b.1957. more

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