These ruthless rulers killed family members to gain power

Blood doesn't count for much when it comes down to the crown

Stars Insider

03/05/22 | StarsInsider


When the line of succession dictates that a close relative must die in order for you to take power, family loyalty becomes a little blurry. Many power-hungry rulers in history only got to the top by taking out members of their bloodline. Others simply killed off their closest competitors as a precautionary measure. In certain parts of the world, murdering your siblings to secure your crown was commonplace!

A surprising number of the most famous leaders in history are guilty of executing their family members. Click through this gallery to learn about these cruel and tragic circumstances.


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