By Jon White (Editor)

ISBN-10: 1909758655

ISBN-13: 9781909758650

For larger or worse, contributors all through historical past have replaced the realm. Leaving lasting legacies which are nonetheless remembered to this present day, even if it was once right down to blind ambition, a divine trust, or commitment to a reason, definite women and men have cemented their position in historical past books. a few equipped giant empires as they
looked to beat the area, others fought for freedom and equality, whereas others united countries and applied rules and ideology which are nonetheless lived through at the present time. From Caesar and Cleopatra to Lincoln and JFK, from Genghis Khan and Joan of Arc to Napoleon and Henry VIII, this publication takes an in-depth examine a few of the world’s such a lot iconic leaders, and what they did to carve their position in historical past.

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War of words While it is true that Hardrada’s reign was characterised by raiding, war and blood, he was also reportedly a sound diplomat and economist, and used his skills to bring a period of stability to Norway when much of Scandinavia was in turmoil. Two of the most notable examples of the king’s ability to expand his empire by words rather than axe are, first, his arrangement of new international trade routes and deals – a decision that brought in much wealth to Norway, with deals struck with the Kievan Rus and the vast Byzantine Empire – and, second, his dissemination of Christianity throughout the lands of Norway.

While chasing down the enemy, he falls off his horse and dies from the injuries. However, some claim he is mortally wounded by a knife-wielding Xia princess when he tried to claim ‘spoils’. 1227 © Alamy; Getty; Corbis; Look and Learn Driven by vengeance, Genghis Khan lays waste to this Muslim empire, telling the few survivors of the city of Bukhara: “I am the flail [a spiked medieval weapon] of God. ” 43 Historic Leaders HARALD HARDRADA Norwegian, 1015-1066 Born Harald Sigurdsson, Harald Hardrada was king of Norway from 1045 until his death at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.

Bloodshed, but it was not indiscriminate. Temüjin’s mother, Höelün, was herself In fact, Genghis Khan may have been the kidnapped from the rival Merkits, and taught young medieval era’s greatest military and political Temüjin the importance of strength in numbers. As strategist, forging alliances and dispatching long as a tribe was unified, it couldn’t be destroyed. enemies with an eye to ultimate unification. Temüjin took that advice to heart, forging bonds Genghis Khan’s story begins in the mid-12th with his father’s former allies as a teenager.

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