By C.S. DENTON
Here, seventy five succinct essays hide ecu royalty from the final king of Rome to Tsar Nicholas II. there's an everlasting public curiosity in royalty and dictatorial rulers: this e-book covers them all comprehensively. way over simply sensational money owed, the e-book makes a real try and comprehend what drove them to their excesses. a casual, readable sort produces a powerful turn-page impact. In our time, while eu monarchies appear little greater than vacationer curiosities and democracy is taken without any consideration, you possibly can omit how a lot energy pre-democratic rulers may as soon as wield. The rulers and holders of political strength during this e-book fall into 4 different types: these villainized by way of propaganda; people with severe psychological problems; these at the same time respected and reviled; and those that actually have been the epitome of evil. 'Absolute strength' indicates how they have been all over excited by means of their exalted prestige or perhaps crushed by means of it, whereas a number of have been pushed over the sting into insanity.
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Sejanus came to the Senate with high hopes, to hear a reading of a letter from Tiberius, probably expecting to hear himself declared heir. Instead he found that the letter in fact denounced him for a series of relatively minor offenses, then ended suddenly with a request that Sejanus be immediately arrested. As though suddenly awakened to the change in the Emperor's heart, the senators began to rise up one by one and, now feeling free to state their own past grievances against Sejanus, began their own denunciations.
The aristocrats in the Senate of Rome did anything but approve of Servius's generous concessions of land and wartime booty to the plebeians, the poorer citizens of Rome, and Lucius volunteered to be the Senate's advocate against the king. Livy writes that Lucius was also egged on by Servius's daughter, his mistress Tullia, an ambitious woman who, like all ambitious women in Roman historical records, was absolutely irredeemable. The little inconvenient fact that Tullia was already married, to Lucius's brother, and that Lucius himself was married to Tullia's sister had not kept them from furthering their love affair.
Despite his love of money, however, Tiberius could be fair enough to the average man. When writing to a provincial governor who imposed heavy taxes on his province, Tiberius admonished him by stating a good shepherd should shear his flock, not skin it. Never a political creature even as emperor, Tiberius did not seem to want to gather too much wealth or attention. Even though a man's public life and political career were, as today, inextricably linked, Tiberius never bothered to cultivate a public image to accentuate his political standing.
Absolute Power. The Real Lives of Europe's Most Infamous Rulers by C.S. DENTON