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Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1565-1601) is best known as being the favorite of Elizabeth I that turned on her and was executed for treason.

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (1565-1601) is best known as being the favorite of Elizabeth I that turned on her and was executed for treason.

Coat of the coronation uniform of Emperor Alexander II | Russia | 1856 | Kremlin State Historical & Cultural Museum

Coat of the coronation uniform of Emperor Alexander II | Russia | 1856 | Kremlin State Historical & Cultural Museum

Felix Yussupov, c. 1912 (via Elizabeth Krasnykh on Felix Yussupoff and Russian Imperial Court)

Felix Yussupov, c. 1912 (via Elizabeth Krasnykh on Felix Yussupoff and Russian Imperial Court)

Vlad Tepes - Vlad was the epitome of savage brutality. With his ability to adjust quickly and his determined self-preservation; he ruled over Walachia for decades. His record of sadism and mass murder was unparalleled and shocked even the Turks, his part time allies, then enemies. He is a Romanian hero today.

Vlad Tepes - Vlad was the epitome of savage brutality. With his ability to adjust quickly and his determined self-preservation; he ruled over Walachia for decades. His record of sadism and mass murder was unparalleled and shocked even the Turks, his part time allies, then enemies. He is a Romanian hero today.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was such an important figure in world history that the years from 1800-1815 are generally known as the “Napoleonic Era.” He divorced Josephine and in 1810 married Marie Louise, daughter of the Austrian emperor. As an emperor in his own right, Napoleon intended to found a dynasty. To do that, he had to have a son, whom his second wife provided. The boy was called “the King of Rome” but only lived into his twenties and died of tuberculosis in Vienna.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was such an important figure in world history that the years from 1800-1815 are generally known as the “Napoleonic Era.” He divorced Josephine and in 1810 married Marie Louise, daughter of the Austrian emperor. As an emperor in his own right, Napoleon intended to found a dynasty. To do that, he had to have a son, whom his second wife provided. The boy was called “the King of Rome” but only lived into his twenties and died of tuberculosis in Vienna.

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