> Country: Wallachia (Romania)
> Years in charge: 1448, 1456-1462, 1476-1477
Vlad Tepes was known as “Vlad the Impaler” because of his preferred method of dealing with his opponents. He’s said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s character Dracula.
> Country: England
> Years in charge: 1509-1547
Henry VIII ruled England for more than three decades, during which he oversaw the creation of the Church of England and had two of his wives executed.
Ivan the Terrible
> Country: Russia
> Years in charge: 1547-1584
Ivan the Terrible was the first Moscow ruler to make himself Tsar of all Russia. He transformed it from a medieval country into an empire at immense cost to its people.
Mary I (Bloody Mary)
> Country: England and Ireland
> Years in charge: 1553-1558
Mary I was the first queen of England to rule in her own right. She’s known as “Bloody Mary” for her persecution of Protestant heretics, whom she burned at the stake.
> Country: Ottoman Empire
> Years in charge: 1640-1648
Ibrahim was an Ottoman Sultan whose reign was characterized by war and rebellion.
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