‘The grass is always greener on the other side.’ Oliver Cromwell led the Roundheads to victory over the Royalists in the English Civil War, and was one of the signatories of King Charles I’s death warrant in 1649; this was just the start of his autocratic behavior. His ineptness was so profound that his childhood name is now a modern idiom for moron. As a result, Fu Sheng’s rule was over. We shall round off the list with another tyrant with a great nickname, this time as Vlad the Impaler; who was the inspiration for one of fiction’s most famous villains. Leaders living apart from their subjects is not unusual, indeed it may be the standard. He also sent Meng Tao to supervise his grandson. I am surprised that Life, Once Again!is being translated into English in the first place, and now you're surprising me again with all the positive feedback. My interests range from ‘conventional’ to ‘radical’ interpretations of the archaeological/textual/pictorial data set. As part of the royal household concubines were often subject to purges as well and could be killed by competing sons or warlords. Book of Wei. The emperor told Meng Tao to tell the masters that Lu Kang can master kung fu by one month. Terrible as he may have been, but it is his erratic behavior that was the most terrifying. We will start the list with one of history’s oldest, cruelest and most unpredictable tyrants. Researchers believe that they have found the oldest balls ever uncovered in Eurasia. Ancient History Encyclopedia says the Song dynasty was started by a military coup, but ironically, while the Song was an economically prosperous and culturally verdant period in which Chinese art, sculpture, literature, and music all reached new heights, it neglected the military. The Emperor was presumed the ruler and leader of China. as they reached the mountain-side, A wondrous portal opened wide, As if a cavern was suddenly hollowed; And the Piper advanced and the children followed, And when all were in to the very last, The door in the mountain-side shut fast. He was murdered at the Palatine Games, which seems to be a point to karma. Of course, invasions don't necessarily come from outside. Their stories come from four different dynasties and for centuries epitomized the Chinese ideals of beauty, similar to Helen of Troy. Users Options. By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. China has been plagued with its fair share of questionable leaders throughout its long history, but Fu Sheng is the original and arguably ‘the worst’ tyrannical leader of one of the world’s most consistently powerful nations. And ruling it was no picnic. Fu Sheng (China) China has been plagued with its fair share of questionable leaders throughout its long history, but Fu Sheng is the original and arguably ‘the worst’ tyrannical leader of one of the world’s most consistently powerful nations. There are many reported human skeletal finds which are in discordance with current evolutionary beliefs dating back to anomalously ancient geological periods in the distant past, way before it is accepted that human beings ever existed. The short and brutal rule of Chinese Emperor Fu Sheng, the one-eyed tyrant. The Han (206 BCE-220 CE), Ming (1368-1644 CE), and Qing (1636-1911 CE) dynasties each have Wikipedia category pages just for rebellions. Life as an emperor in the Middle Kingdom wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Still, it would sting to know that your accomplishments or designs were deliberately upended by your successors — fortunately for the emperors, they were usually dead by that time.