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Top 10 Most Influential Kings All Over The History

Monarchy lasted for long centuries all over the world. Kings were the rulers of countries, some were good and others were dictators. Some of them managed to bring about peace and developments to their peoples and others fell short and cause their peoples wars and sickness. If you are interested in history, you will find great stuff of information in this piece of writing.

10 Frederick II of Prussia:

He ruled the Kingdom of Prussia beginning from 1740 until 1786. He was the third Hohenzollern king, and is famous for his military achievements, his reform of Prussian armies and his support of the Arts and the Enlightenment in Prussia. Frederick was a supporter of enlightened absolutism. He updated the Prussian system of government and civil service and sought religious policies all through his kingdom. He improved the judicial system. Some historians remarked his harsh procedures against occupied Polish subjects.

9 Peter the Great:

He was the king of the Tsardom of Russia and then the Russian Empire from May 1682 till his death, in cooperation before 1696 with his half-brother. From beginning to end of a number of victorious wars, he developed the Tsardom into a superior empire that turned to be a main European authority. He was the leader of a cultural revolution that substituted some of the traditionalist and medieval concepts, putting others that are modern, more scientific, and revolved around The Enlightenment.

8 Hammurabi:

He was the sixth Amorite king who ruled Babylon. He was the first king of the Babylonian Empire subsequent to the resignation of his father, making Babylon’s control surpassed Mesopotamia by gaining many victories in a series of wars in opposition to adjacent kingdoms. Hammurabi is famous for Hammurabi’s Code, a group of laws he passed, they are one of the primary written codes of law.

7 Charlemagne:

He was the King of the Franks beginning from 768, also ruled Italy in 774. He was the first emperor in the Western Europe ever since the disintegration of the Western Roman Empire three centuries in advance, when he was crowned the emperor by Pope Leo III on Christmas Day at the Old St. Peter’s Basilica. Charlemagne took part in almost steady battle throughout his time in power, frequently at the top of his elite scara guard squadrons, carrying his renowned sword Joyeuse.

6 Henry VIII:

He was King of England beginning from 1509 until his death. He was Lord in Ireland, and sustained the supposed claim by English royals to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the second king of the Tudor dynasty, following his father, Henry VII. Moreover, he is famous for his fundamental changes in the English Constitution, ushering in the theory of the divine right of kings to England.

5 Alexander III of Macedon:

He was born in Pella, he succeeded his father, Philip II, to the throne, when he was 20. He passed most of his years in power on an unparalleled military movement through Asia and northeast Africa, till by the age of 30, he had made one of the biggest empires of the ancient world, from Greece to Egypt and completing into northwest ancient India. He is deemed one of history’s most triumphant military leaders.

4 Gustav II Adolf:

He was the King of Sweden till 1632. He led Sweden to military superiority during the Thirty Year War, that led to settle on the political and the religious equilibrium of power in Europe. His most distinguished military triumph was the Battle of Breitenfeld. Using an outstanding military machine with high-quality weapons, and successful field artillery, supported by a well-organized government, Gustavus Adolphus managed to be a major European leader, yet he passed away at the Battle of Lützen in 1632.

3 William the Conqueror:

He was the first Norman King of England, still in power from 1066 till his death in 1087. After a long resistance to launch his power, he began the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The remaining part of his life was full of struggles to strengthen his influence over England and his lands.

2 James I of England:

James mother’s and father’s were Mary, Queen of Scots, and Henry VII, King of England and Lord of Ireland. James was in power ruling the Scottish throne at the age of thirteen months, when Mary was forced to step down in his favor. Four dissimilar regents governed during his minority, which terminated officially in 1578. In 1603, he followed the last Tudor ruler of England and Ireland, Queen Elizabeth I.

1 Louis XIV of France:

He was a king of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France 1643 until his death. He was in power for the longest period of rule of any other ruler of a main country in European history. Throughout Louis’s reign, France was the most important European power and it is involved in three chief wars.

You can reorder the list, according to your view. But undoubtedly they are the most famous and influential kings ever.

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