The diseases and disorders of history’s most infamous despots
The signature afflictions of notorious past rulers
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One could argue it takes a great unhappiness to inflict so much unhappiness on others, and when you learn about the illnesses that plagued some of history’s most notorious despots, it seems rather logical!
Ranging from the curable to the fatal, many modern scholars argue that these infamous leaders’ afflictions could very well have played a role in creating their reputations by making them even more irritable and cruel. Though, it should be said, no illness excuses villainy—it just provides more context.
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