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5 Powerful Leaders In The World That Died Shameful Deaths – #1 Was Chopped Into Pieces (With Pictures)

Over the course of history, nations have had many great and powerful rulers. Most of them died either gloriously in battle, or peacefully at home. In any case, their mighty legacy was left intact. However, there are a few cases when even the most powerful and seemingly intangible rulers went through total humiliation, be it in their lifetime or after their death.


5. Al-Musta’sim (Last Abbasid Caliph)


The Mongols had many superstitions, one of which was that it was bad luck to shed royal blood. This didn’t mean that they would not kill their highly ranked enemies, just that they would need to become more creative in doing so. Although this terrible perspective should have been enough of a warning, the Caliph of Baghdad, Al-Musta’sim, disregarded the Mongol threat or their leader, Hulag Khan. (grandson of Genghis Khan)
It is true that the Caliph of Baghdad was the supreme ruler of all of Islam, however it was a time when none could withstand the Mongol threat. Baghdad, the jewel of the Islam Caliphate, was invaded and sacked by the Mongols in 1258, who killed most of its residents. As for Al-Musta’sim, the Mongols respected their tradition: the great Caliph was rolled in a carpet, clubbed and trampled to death. An awkward end to the Caliph and an awkward end to the Caliphate as a whole.

4. Romanos IV Diogenes


The Byzantine Empire, led by Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes, took part in the decisive Battle of Manzikert in 1071, a defining moment for the ongoing conflict between the Byzantines and the Seljuk Turks, led by the legendary Alp Arslan.
Although the Byzantines army was strong, due to several betrayals, it lost the battle and in the end Romanos found himself surrounded by the enemy. Nonetheless, he fought valiantly until he was finally captured.
Romanos was brought to the Sultan, being all covered in dust, sweat and blood. Alp Arslan put his foot on his prisoner’s neck and forced him to kiss the floor, as a sign of total humiliation and submission. However, after this, he treated his prisoner decently and following a short negotiation he let him go.
Yet, Romanos’ anguish would not end just here. Returned home, he found himself deposed and forced into a brief civil war. Once defeated, he was promised a peaceful exile, only to be cheated on, as his adversaries had him tortured and blinded. Finally he was sent into exile on an island, where he died shortly afterwards due to his infected wounds from his blinding. A sad end for a man who could have restored the glory of the Eastern Roman Empire.

3. Charles VII (King of France)


Charles VII of France was known to the French as Charles the Victorious after he succeeded in defeating the English and ending the 100 Years’ War, with the aid of legendary Joan of Arc. During his 38 year reign, he also reformed administration, distanced France from papal intervention, established the University of Poitiers and overall gave the French a sense of state unity they almost never had.
His last years were marked by some rebelling vassals, including his son and heir, although nothing strong enough to destabilize the state. He fell ill in 1458 and what was expected to be a short suffering turned out as on of the longest death scenes in history. It started with a mild sore on his leg which shortly became an infection, slowly spreading through his whole body. Charles remained bedridden, coping with pain, fever and episodes of delirium. In the summer of 1461, the infection spread to his mouth, leading to an abscess so large that the king couldn’t even swallow food or water anymore. He succumbed in suffering on July the 22nd 1461, starved and thirsty to death. After a long reign, highlighted by overcoming one of France’s greatest challenges in history, he went out miserably, in pain and humiliated by his son, who wouldn’t even care to see him in his last years.

2. Valerian


Even during the Late Roman Empire in the 2nd century A.D, the title of Emperor would define you as a person of great power and you would kneel to no one. However, the persona of the Emperor suffered a great blow during the reign of Valerian as he became the first and only Emperor to be captured in battle.
This happened following the Battle of Edessa, during a conflict with the Persians led by their king, Shapur I. Valerian – already 5 years into his reign, much longer than the average rule during the Crisis of the Third Century – had a stroke of bad luck, having his army decimated by the plague just before the battle. Subsequently, they had to surrender to the Persians. Valerian made a successful attempt to parlay with Shapur in order to obtain an honorable retreat, but in a most unexpected act of defiance and backstabbing, Shapur went back on his word and seized Valerian during their meeting, taking him prisoner and putting the roman soldiers into slavery.
Shapur systematically humiliated Valerian, made use of the Emperor as a footstool when mounting on his horse and pretty much used him as a living trophy, amounting to his bragging rights. Valerian spent the rest of his days in the hands of the Persian king, but death did not end his abashment, as after he died, Valerian was skinned and stuffed in order to be displayed in a Persian temple, so all could see the greatest humiliation that a Caesar Augustus had ever suffered.

1. Maximilien Robespierre

After the French Revolution, Maximilien de Robespierre came to power as leader of the Jacobin Movement, which had a great influence in the French politics of the time. Under his careful watch, the Reign of Terror was established, meaning that thousand of presumed counter-revolutionaries would be guillotined. In time, Robespierre acquired the power over one’s life and could decide who could live and who would die. His position soon led others to consider him an effective dictator who had close to absolute power.
Shortly, opposition began to develop among his political peers and in the summer of 1794 his arrest was ordered by the National Convention. Desperate over his imminent defeat he tried to exit the scene on his own terms and attempted suicide. Robespierre tried to shoot himself but only succeeded in shattering his jaw. Badly injured and covered in blood, he spent his last day in a waiting room at the Convention, where many of his adversaries humiliated him and mocked his condition. Only after several hours a doctor attended his wound and bandaged his jaw.
Robespierre last scene alive is a gruesome one. When his turn came to be guillotined, the executioner tore off his bandage and his broken jaw fell on his chest, with blood splattering all around him. There he lied, mutilated, in front of thousand of people that he thought he ruled, who instead flocked in great numbers to mock him and laugh at his agony. When the guillotine fell, the exalted crowd roared for several minutes, finally free from their tyrant.
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