Gallery of Historical Figures – Gallery Guide


Portraits of Nero, Cesare Borgia, Elizabeth Bathory, Stalin, Hitler by George Stuart.

Text: Really Awful People

Really Awful People

Every era has its villains. Some of these so-called “awful people” have become household symbols for all that is dreadful. Others, just as evil, are hardly known at all. Exploring the mythology which surrounds some of these Really Awful People can reveal much about motivation, circumstance, and their true natures. For grabbing wealth and land, it is hard to top Attila the Hun, Vlad Tepes and Francisco Pizarro. For sheer megalomania and murder, Nero, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong are in a class by themselves. Bear in mind that some of the people were considered heroes in their time, and are now considered monsters. History has its large scale sexual predators in Poland's Elizabeth Bathory and France's Gilles de Rais (Retz). The act of killing twenty thousand Roman troops by Arminius is viewed as an atrocity or a victorious battle, depending if you were a Roman or German.

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Thumbnail color image of Arminius aka. Liberator of Germany, by George Stuart.

Thumbnail color image of Herod Antipas, by George Stuart.
Herod Antipas

Thumbnail color image of Emperor Nero aka.
Emperor Nero

Thumbnail color image of Attila the Hun aka.
Attila the Hun

Thumbnail color image of Vlad Tepes aka.
Vlad Tepes

Thumbnail color image of Cesare Borgia aka. Cardinal of Valencia, by George Stuart.
Cesare Borgia

Thumbnail color image of Francisco Pizzaro aka. Francisco Pizarro González, by George Stuart.
Francisco Pizzaro

Thumbnail color image of Elizabeth Bathory aka.
Elizabeth Bathory

Thumbnail color image of Shah Jahan aka. Shahabuddin Muhammad Shah Jahan, by George Stuart.
Shah Jahan

Thumbnail color image of Gilles de Retz aka. Gilles de Rais, by George Stuart.
Gilles de Retz

Thumbnail color image of Adolf Hitler aka. Gröfaz, by George Stuart.
Adolf Hitler

Thumbnail color image of Mao Zedong aka. Mao Tse-Tung, by George Stuart.
Mao Zedong

Thumbnail color image of Joseph Stalin  aka.
Joseph Stalin



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