Ranavaluna I - the most cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar

World to know a lot of bloody tyrants: women and men. Intoxicated by power and cruel, they were able to satisfy their thirst for blood. Such was Ranavaluna and I - the ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar, in whose hands the blood of literally millions of victims.

A Cinderella Story (or not)

Ranavaluna I - the most cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar

The girl named Ramava was born in 1778 into a noble family, but did not promise that she will be the queen. While the girl's father did not tell the king of Madagascar Andrianampoinimerina (try to read it quickly, by the way, translates it as "the king, who is not stupid", no joke) that is preparing against him a conspiracy. Ruler to destroy the opponents, and in gratitude Ramava betrothed to his son - the heir to the throne Prince Radama.

While it sounds like a fairy tale about Cinderella, right? No, because, following the good Malagasy tradition of those times, at Radama I had 12 wives. He came to the throne very young - 18 years old. Marriage with Ramava was unlucky: the children they did not have, and the king continued his father's tradition of good destroy everything that may be at least some threat. Unfortunately, in these series were Ranavaluny and relatives that certainly does not strengthen the relationship between the spouses.

Radama I completed the unification of the island, capturing and subduing to 1822 most of the Malagasy land with the help of British military advisers, with the result that formed Malagasy kingdom. In 1818 Radama I took the title of King of Madagascar (Malagasy kingdom).

Ranavaluna I - the most cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar

The King was in his early 30, when he died, presumably - from the effects of heavy alcohol abuse. Heirs he was not, and the queen after a simple coup d'etat with the support of the nobility managed to become the autocratic ruler.

Long live the Queen! (Or not)

So Ramava girl, who married a prince turned into a queen Ranavalunu I. Even at his coronation it to dot the i:

"Never say:" She's just a weak and stupid woman, she can rule an empire, "I will govern for the glory of my people and his own behalf? I do not recognize any other gods before the gods of my ancestors. Ocean will limit my possessions, and I do not concede one iota. "

Ranavaluna I - the most cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar

The first thing Ranavaluna destroyed all the pretenders to the throne, in particular the relatives of the late King. In fact, it simply repaid him in kind. True, he did not care.

Following her step - to eradicate all Christians in the country, which invited her husband. To be more convincing, she hung Christians over the precipice, and then cut the ropes. Later she switched to the Christians at all foreigners in their own country. In general, when Madagascar was not even travel.

Ranavaluna I - the most cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar

However, in the three decades of his reign Ranavaluna brutally dispensed not only with visitors. Historians estimate that 50-75% of Madagascar's population (2, 5 million people) were killed in the wars of the disease, as well as the bloody justice.

Ranavaluna I - the most cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar

She loved to sentence people to the hanging of the cliffs over to their relatives watched day by day it becomes thinner rope. She was making people alive, burned and buried them while they were still breathing. Thousands of people were killed in this way, because the queen suspected of treason. She decapitated the French soldiers and ordered to impose their heads on stakes along the shoreline to the other soldiers were nepovadno.

Ranavaluna I - the most cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar

But other than that the queen thought out bold construction searchlights such unrealistic constructions during construction that kill literally thousands.

And she got what they deserved (none)

Ranavaluna I - the most cruel ruler of the Kingdom of Madagascar

She died in her sleep in 1861 at the age of 83 years and nine months the whole country mourned the loss of the Queen, and of 12 000 bulls were slaughtered for the funeral feast.

Heir to the ruler became her son from her second husband - the Prime Minister and Marshal Andrianisa (which it is expelled for participating in a conspiracy). Radama II led a completely different policy: Madagascar opened to foreign states and signed treaties of friendship with Britain and France.