The political achievements of some rulers, good deeds, successes, now immortalized in books and history, are striking in their magnitude and significance for the contemporary, with some having badass names in the history of humankind.
However, it is not always possible to reach such heights peacefully. The “Fists” method has been used by many. Pirates, warlords, and simply some celebrities are not squeamish about it.
How the way of violence and bravery influenced the lives and careers of historical celebrities, what can be achieved not only by a brilliant mind but also by force? Here are some the most badass names in the history of humankind.
Joan of Arc: did divine visions of angels help the savior of France?
The young woman who was able to lead the French army to victory over the British is still rightfully considered a hero of her country. The girl, who had extraordinary courage and intelligence, was born and raised in a peasant family. Many believe that ever since her childhood, she had visions of saints and angels.
Her parents, and the girl herself, were very religious people. Visions further strengthened Joan’s faith, which helped her fight so desperately for her homeland. She was convinced that she had been chosen by St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret to drive out the English and bring the dauphin Charles to Reims for his coronation.
After the death of his father, King of France, many years passed, but the throne was never given to the heir. After all, King Henry VI of England was also aiming for it. Armed with the faith and an army entrusted to her, Joan found a way to defeat the English and enthrone Charles. A year later, she was captured by the enemy and burned at stake for witchcraft. The warlike woman is now declared a great martyr.
Theodore Roosevelt: From sickly boy with asthma to desperately brave reformist politician
Roosevelt, one of America’s most prominent politicians, was a very sickly child. Doctors (because of his asthma attacks and other chronic ailments) urged him to find a “desk job” to live a long life. That said, he was able to live to the age of 61, exhibiting hyperactive development as a politician. His exuberant and charismatic personality helped change the de facto position of the president himself in the country, expanding his power with acts and reforms.
Theodore challenged the system more than once, and he was right. The country was greatly transformed during his reign. Roosevelt addressed a number of issues related to civil rights, racial discrimination, and women’s suffrage. His vision for America helped usher in a new century with renewed vigor.
Spartacus: beaten but not broken
A famous gladiator from Thrace, he was actually a warrior, abandoned by the Roman Empire, later enslaved. A hero, an inspiration to many slaves who had been in their “skin,” he became a leader and commander in the Third Slave War. Together with Crixus, Gannicus, Castus and Oenomaus, he escaped from the gladiator school and led one of the most famous revolts in Roman history, against the oligarchic Roman rule.
Given all the experience of the battles, Spartacus was an extremely successful military leader. Writings, books, and films were subsequently made about his exploits. Even today, political figures look to his exploits for inspiration.
Ching Shih: the infamous but extremely powerful female pirate
The fragile Ching Shih (also known as Zheng Yi Sao) at the height of her career is known as the menace of Southern China. A girl of unparalleled beauty, sharp mind and business acumen, she worked as a prostitute in her native Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Once caught by the notorious pirate Cheng Yi (Zheng Yi), she captivated his heart and married him profitably. Cheng Yi cedes control over half of his pirate fleet and business to her in exchange for her marriage.
Despite this, she suffered a series of defeats in battles with the Portuguese and was taken prisoner, after which she was pardoned by the Qing imperial government. Ching Shih was persuaded not only to pardon her but also to keep the wealth she had gained from pirate raids in order to begin a peaceful life.
Vlad the Impaler: mythical Dracula or the wise ruler?
Many tales surround the reign of Vlad the Impaler. Also known as Vlad Dracula, he was one of the most important political figures in the history of Wallachia, a geographical region of Romania. Most sources position him as a national hero, warlord, and prince. But there is a less glorious side to Vlad the Impaler’s life. Because of his reputation as a cruel ruler, he became the prototype of the mythical bloodsucker character, Count Dracula. Together with his father Vlad was a member of the Order of the Dragon, specializing in the search for the elixir of eternal life. Some sources claim that they could drink human blood in the search, believing it to be a potion for all diseases.
He exterminated and pillaged entire villages and towns, supporting his enemies. One of Vlad Dracula’s favorite pastimes was to feast in the midst of those he had put on a stake. It was as if he enjoyed the death agony of the executed. In the end, their corpses were completely drained of blood. Probably by calling Vlad a bloodsucker, the inhabitants of Wallachia explained to themselves in such a mythical way the atrocities of an ordinary man.
Leo Major: rebel and “Korean War” brave
Leo Major was a Canadian soldier who single-handedly liberated Zwolle, a town in the Netherlands from Nazi occupation. He was one of three soldiers of the British Commonwealth. He repeatedly showed bravery during the “Korean War,” for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in two different wars. He is now often referred to as “Quebec’s Rambo.”
Agustina Raymunda: frail woman and military officer
Agustina de Aragon twice defended her native Spain during the Peninsular War against the French. She participated in the battles, first as a civilian and then as a military officer. Popularly known as the Spanish Joan of Arc. She inspired artists and writers of all times and peoples.
Her first introduction to weapons was by accident. During a battle with the French, the fortifications of the Spanish troops were breached. At the line of standing guns, some of the soldiers were swiftly killed by bayonets, and some of them fled. Agustina, a simple girl who brought food for the soldiers on the battlefield, seeing this – rushed to the first cannon, loaded a shell, lit the fuse and knocked out a wave of attackers. The fleeing deserters, seeing the fragile girl desperately fighting back the enemy, returned to their positions and the battle was won.
Al Capone: gangster
Al Capone is known as the greatest gangster of all time, co-founder and boss of the infamous “Chicago Outfit.” According to an article by Guy Murchie Jr., 33 people died as a result of Al Capone’s actions. As one of the most notorious gangsters of the 20th century, Capone was the focus of several books, films and articles. The biography and “war record” of this bully still make one shudder to this day. Growing up in a poor family, the adult Capone quickly “amassed” a fabulous capital. He began as an ordinary thief, after participating in a small gang, then was accepted into the famous at the time faction of the Torrio.
A contradictory personality with a reputation as a brave, Robin Hood, a philanthropist and, at the same time, a cold-blooded, vengeful, cruel murderer. Despite the fact that he was a leader of the Mafia, it is believed that Capone was very polite and generous. But not toward his own enemies.
Napoleon Bonaparte: how did his bullying character affect his military fame?
Napoleon Bonaparte led several successful campaigns during the “French Revolutionary Wars”. He is considered one of the greatest generals in history. Napoleon’s campaigns and wars are studied in military schools around the world.
Ambitious, daring, risk-taking, brilliantly intelligent, Bonaparte was the first monarch of France to hold the title of emperor. He differed quite clearly from his contemporaries in his military methods, as well as in his unconventional approach, which helped him win battles even against numerically superior enemies. Because of this, he is rightly considered the greatest military leader of all time.
Deborah Sampson: deception for good
During the American War of Independence, brave Deborah Sampson Gannett disguised herself as a man to serve in the Continental Army. She served for seventeen months, fighting honorably like a man before her gender identity was revealed. A common fever was to blame.
After Sampson’s secret was revealed to her commanding officer, Deborah was honorably discharged. The woman soon married, but her military past did not let her go. Deborah talked about her wartime experiences for a long time in her own lecture tour.