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.
8John III (Poland-Lithuania; 1674 – 1696)
Considered a genius in matters military and politics, John III made Poland-Lithuania stable and successful during his reign. His legendary win in the battle against the Turks during the Battle of Vienna earned him the moniker “Lion of Lehistan”, a testament to his formidable prowess in military leadership.