Hey there! Sign in to have your say on this topicNew here? Join for free to post

Who was the least successful ruler in history?

    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    To go with the 'who was the most successful ruler in history' thread, who was the least successful?
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Lady Jane Grey, wasn't she only on the throne 9 days before she got executed?
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Depends on how you're measuring success :lol:
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by BurstingBubbles)
    Lady Jane Grey, wasn't she only on the throne 9 days before she got executed?
    That was very short indeed. *

    (Original post by Christie_xx)
    Depends on how you're measuring success :lol:
    That is a good remark.

    Measuring by the popularity and by doings, Nero is the first name which comes into my mind: No interest in politics, was hated by the citizens and even the soldiers, has even had the consuls against him. And he did nothing in the past to stick in good memory, but being a self-appointed actor and a poet.*
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Corbyn
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by caravaggio2)
    Corbyn
    Jeremy Corbyn? yeah, it seems so. I can't remember me to have ever heard of him. That is a sure sign for being not successful.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    I agree with the above poster, that it depends on how you measure success - a ruler could be very successful economically, but be responsible for the deaths of a large number of their people. How should they be classed in that instance, as they're clearly not a moral success!
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Like others have said; Jezza Corbyn.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    The shatter resistant one I broke over a table in a Year 10 maths lesson
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by BurstingBubbles)
    Lady Jane Grey, wasn't she only on the throne 9 days before she got executed?
    She isn't generally accepted as having been a queen. She was a puppet whose family and supporters used her in an attempt to seize power in the absence of Mary. It took a few days to get Mary, who was out of the capital, ensconced and accepted (and Jane's puppeteer, Northumberland, made a big mistake in leaving London to rally support) but there was really little doubt that she would win as she had all the popular support.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    I will offer Sheikh Khalid, Sultan of Zanzibar.

    He reigned for two days in 1896 and was then deposed by the British following the world's shortest war, that lasted 38 minutes. He then sought political asylum in Tanganyika where he was again captured by the British in 1916. After exile to the Seychelles and St Helena (I wonder where the British got that idea from), he was finally allowed to live out his days in Kenya.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Hitler
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Mao, he went through all that work and violence and brainwashing to preserve communism, only for China to go capitalist anyway
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    If a PM counts as a ruler, I'd go for Anthony Eden.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Probably a pointless question to attempt to answer, because the qualities that make a leader are associated with success, and those people who were least successful were thus not leaders.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    Whichever b*****d is responsible for losing us the greatest share of our empire


    Posted from TSR Mobile
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Onde)
    Probably a pointless question to attempt to answer, because the qualities that make a leader are associated with success, and those people who were least successful were thus not leaders.
    In a meritocracy perhaps, and meritocracies are relatively rare in history.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Onde)
    Probably a pointless question to attempt to answer, because the qualities that make a leader are associated with success, and those people who were least successful were thus not leaders.
    There will still be varying levels of success with people who did make it to leader though. So identifying the worst is an answerable question.
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    King John
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by barnetlad)
    King John
    His first cousin twice removed, Stephen, was worse.
 
 
 
Write a reply… Reply
Submit reply

Register

Thanks for posting! You just need to create an account in order to submit the post
  1. this can't be left blank
    that username has been taken, please choose another Forgotten your password?
  2. this can't be left blank
    this email is already registered. Forgotten your password?
  3. this can't be left blank

    6 characters or longer with both numbers and letters is safer

  4. this can't be left empty
    your full birthday is required
  1. Oops, you need to agree to our Ts&Cs to register
  2. Slide to join now Processing…

Updated: February 26, 2017
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Poll
How many mugs of tea do you drink a day?
Useful resources

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Quick reply
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.