Most interesting figures in historyWatch
I think that Abraham Lincoln was one of the most interesting figures in history. This is purely because he had a meteoric rise from being stuck in poverty to becoming President of the United States. It would have been interesting to see what he could have done for the country had it not been for his assassination.
As historians it's our/their responsibility to be objective rather than subjective- so if you think Hitler was 'interesting' then by all means say so!
Who do you regard as the most interesting figure in history?
Thomas Willis (one of the first neurosurgeons)
Theyr'e not really interesting but their death always seems to make me laugh (it's stupid) - Fredrick Barbarossa from the Third Crusade, a military genius who drowned in a river.
Elizabeth I and Anne Boleyn are utterly fascinating to me, and I think it all derives from the idea that historians know enough about them to know that they were genuinely compelling (for different reasons), but not so much that they become wholly 'knowable' or comprehensible to us. Their lives are already interesting to me, but the mysteries and legends surrounding them only add to the fascination.