The Most Unstable Monarchs Quiz
Some truly unstable people have tried to rule nations, but only a handful of them have come to power through the monarchy. Let's take a tour of the kings, queens and emperors that were mad as hatters.
Nebuchadnezzar II supposedly had a period of insanity that lasted how long?
- seven years
- 34 years
- 119 years
What animal did Nebuchadnezzar supposedly live like during his insanity?
What event do some scholars attribute Caligula's madness to?
- watching his mother be killed
- an illness that caused brain damage
- hereditary insanity
What was a supposed symptom of Caligula's insanity?
- He made his horse his consul.
- He wanted to marry his sister.
- both of the above
Caligula's adopted father and predecessor as emperor was also known for cruelty and insanity. Who was it?
- Julius Caesar
What was Queen Joanna of Castile and Aragon called?
- Cray Jo
- the Insane Queen
- Joanna the Mad
What did both Joanna's husband and son do to keep their claim to the Spanish throne?
- refuse to see her
- imprisoned Joanna
- killed her best friends
Charles VI of France was given what nickname?
- Charles the Mad
- Charles the Well-beloved
- both of the above
What illness did Charles VI have?
- Lyme disease
- bouts of insanity
Charles VI really did himself in when he …
- refused to speak anything but Spanish
- converted to Anglicanism
- proclaimed Henry V of England his successor, as opposed to his son
Ivan the Terrible ruled what state?
Ivan's cruel rule included …
- banning kittens as pets
- systematically executing Christians
- basically destroying an entire city
Ivan's dynasty came to an end when he did what?
- named an imaginary person as his successor
- committed suicide
- murdered his son and only viable heir
Erik XIV of Sweden was accused of being crazy because he:
- refused to bathe
- hated clowns
- murdered aristocrats without warning
Peter the Great induced his son to return to Russia after fleeing. When Alexis returned, Peter did what?
- tortured him to death
- gave him the throne
- beat him with a belt and made him live as a servant
Let's stick with Russia for a while. Who took advantage of Peter III's "weak" mind?
Sultan Mustafa of the Ottoman Empire was super lucky because …
- He was really handsome.
- His brother spared him from the (usual) execution that took place when siblings ascended the throne.
- He became sultan at age 3.
Unfortunately, Mustafa's brother did what?
- imprisoned Mustafa in a place called "the cage" for 14 years
- killed Mustafa as soon as Mustafa came of age
- made Mustafa his servant
After his brother died, Mustafa became sultan. How did it go?
- Great! He was an excellent ruler with a keen political mind.
- Uh, pretty terrible?
Mustafa's nephew, Ibrahim, eventually became sultan. How did he spend his early years?
- imprisoned in the same place as Mustafa had been
- getting a great education
- traveling the world
What was Ibrahim's downfall?
- an obsession with collecting women in his harem
King Ludwig of Bavaria wasn't a terribly good king, but he obsessively pursued what interest?
- building grand palaces
After he was declared insane, King Ludwig was found drowned along with whom?
- his pet fish
- his psychiatrist
- his mother
Queen Carlota was empress of what?
Carlota had a mental breakdown after what?
- They lost political support.
- Her husband was deposed and executed.
- both of the above
The madness of King George III of Britain has become well-known, but some believe he had what disease?
George did seem to have what kind of episodes?
The Habsburgs have a long and storied royal lineage. But what illness seems to also run in the family?
The Ming Emperor Zhengde was known for his eccentricity and corruption. But he also sentenced a traitor to die by what means?
- slow slicing
- water torture
Who was Zhu Shou?
- Zhengde's pet tiger
- Zhengde's imaginary alter ego
- Zhengde's imaginary dragon