History has shown that when a nation faces serious threats, sometimes an absolute monarchy might be needed to bring safety and peace. Great rulers are known for their actions, the sort of actions that sometimes change the fate of nations. When we talk about great monarchs, however, we talk about the benevolent kings who shaped the destiny of their subjects to outstanding standards, leaders who were mostly benevolent and constructive.
They were absolute leaders, yes, but their inclination towards creation rather than destruction earned them a valuable spot in the annals of history. Let us then remind ourselves what were the 10 greatest monarchs in history and how they managed to use absolute monarchy to improve the lives of those who they ruled over.
9James I (England; 24 Mar 1603 – 27 Mar 1625)
Under the reign of James I, international trade in the United Kingdom through the British East India Company grew by leaps by bounds. He was also a well-known connoisseur of the arts, which is why literature and fine arts thrived during this leadership. He even wrote many books and poems, and was also referred to as “the wisest fool in Christendom.” James I was also the very first king to rule both England and Scotland.