Once upon a time, Kings, Queens, Emperors, and Tsars alike were seen as the most divine beings on Earth. But centuries of inbreeding and piles of wealth often went to their heads: history is full of utterly mad monarchs who exploited their power in truly absurd ways.

Here are unhinged facts about history’s most insane monarchs.

1. Caligula: A God Among Us

Today, Emperor Caligula’s reputation as an unhinged madman precedes him. He took men’s lives for pleasure, had intimate relations with their wives, demanded to be worshipped as a living god, and caused a financial crisis with his extravagant and unnecessary spending. Of course, all these actions were just an average Tuesday for Caligula.

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