Boudicca was one of the greatest Celtic heroines a freedom fighter who rebelled against the Roman government. She was Queen to the Celts and truly was one of history's most fiercest and passionate warrior queens.
Boudicca married King Prasutagus of the Iceni tribe in 43-45 AD and had two healthy daughters. Life was all good for a while until 60 AD when King Prasutagus died. This lead to a series of unfortunate events which include the Roman's taking over King Prasutagus's kingdom and wealth, the rape and torture of Boudicca and her two daughters.
"Nothing is safe from Roman pride and arrogance. They will deface the sacred and will deflower our virgins. Win the battle or perish, that is what I, a woman, will do. " Boudicca, according to Tacitus. (roman scribe)
Boudicca, armed with her 100,000 men (approx.) army first attacked Camulodunum where the Romans had their main center. The rebel’s next assault was on the largest, booming city in Britain called Londinium (now London), where 25,000 roman inhabitants who had not fled already were killed.
Buoyed by three wins Boudicca now attacked the main Roman Legion. >>------>
Unfortunately Boudicca’s army was at a disadvantage against the Romans who were skilled at open combat due to their superior equipment and discipline. These collective factors led to the unfortunate downfall of Boudicca’s army with the Roman army supposedly killing 80,000 of Boudicca’s men in the battle compared to their own loss of 400 men.
Boudicca fled back to her homeland, the great Iceni queen died of illness (or suicide). Though the exact cause of her death may be disputed she was given a lavish burial fitting of a revered heroine.
This wasn't a good guy by any means, but hes the perfect example of a good guy gone mad with his own power. He has one of the most unique stories of an English ruler. From his rise to power to his paranoia that led him to execute so many, including his wives. This is one big historical baddie id rather not meet but i enjoy learning about.
One of my all time favorite historical figures was George Washington always has been and il tell you why, he obviously felt the way a lot of his fellow countrymen felt in that they were getting taxed out the ass without my representation we all know that story and how he become one of the founding fathers of our country....
and that's why I respect him but not why he's one of my favorite people who ever lived he's that because he didn't have to rise up and put himself in the line of fire so to speak being on the forefront of a revolution that would change the country as we know it today he had many men with the same eagerness and drive he possessed but it was his ability to rally and his leadership that is why I think he's amazing he could use more men like him today it takes nothing to sit and continue our daily lives because "well we don't have it that bad" but it makes us forget that were all entitled to somethig better and that's what George Washington stood for and why I chose him for this submission :-)
Owen Glendower/ Owain Glndwr 135- to 141- Heir to four royal families of Wales. Headed a rebellion against the Bolingbrokes and later allied to the Percies along with other families opposing Henry IV. A main inspiration in life and said to be my namesake.
Post by Adrian Jordan on Jun 10, 2016 22:01:47 GMT
I have a lot of favorite historical figures, but one of the main ones is Arminius, the Cherusci leader of the German alliance that pulled off the ambush in the Teutoburg Forest. He'd received a Roman education and the rank of equestrian in his youth, and gained more practical experience in Roman military tactics by fighting with the legions during the Pannonian Wars. Over the next few years, he gained allies and support among the Germans, all while befriending Publius Quinctilius Varus, the official leader of the Roman forces east of the Rhine. Then, in 9 AD, he ordered the massacre of a small contingent of Roman soldiers, using their deaths as evidence of a potential German uprising. Varus, who was a competent, though unimaginative, commander, took the bait. He marched three legions, XVII, XIIX, and XIX, towards the massacre. In the Teutoburg Forest, Arminius and his men vanished, silently killing the advanced scouts as the left, leaving the legions blind. The sandy earth was swamped with rain, making the line of march ragged and slow. The rain also soaked through the leather covers of the soldiers' shields, eventually reaching the shields themselves, making them heavier and weaker. Then Arminius attacked, using the terrain and a few minor earthworks to keep the high ground and hold the legions at bay. Over the course of three days, a force of 12,000 to 15,000 Germans from five or more tribes slaughtered 25,000 to 30,000 Romans and their allies, taking their Imperial eagles, the last of which wouldn't be recovered until 41 AD, over thirty years after the massacre. Arminius died in 21 AD, betrayed by his own tribesmen, having failed to unite the tribes of Germania against the Romans. But, the three legions were never reformed, and Rome never made any significant attempts at expanding across the Rhine.
person i admire most from history would have to be Leonardo Da'Vinc,i the reason being that he wanted to learn everything, so he went out into the world a tried his hand at things and challenged the established wisdom of the day. something i relate to, i admire the way he wouldn't let anything stop him from learning what he thought he needed to learn, that is why Da'Vinci is my favorite person from history
St. Thomas More means quite a bit more to me than my other heroes in history, because he's not only a fellow lawyer, but represents to me the embodiment of someone with unity in life. He was the best in his profession by far in England at the time, served the king faithfully and loyally, had a scathing British wit (a humor I quite enjoy), was upright and ultimately loyal to God WITHOUT blind fanticism and without abandoning his secular training - rather, he applied legal technique to uphold both the law and his faith (leading to the concept of separation of church and state, a legal doctrine meant to prevent state interference in ecclesial affairs and vice-versa) even in giving advice that ultimately led to his execution. What a badass.
Oh and he was a knight! That's pretty cool as well.
Two fantastic quotes from the play Man for All Seasons:
MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal.
ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's!
MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact-I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of the law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God . . .
(He says this last to himself)
ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after RICH) While you talk, he's gone!
MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law!
ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law!
MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on ROPER) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you-where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? (He leaves him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast-man's laws, not God's-and if you cut them down-and you're just the man to do it-d'you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake.
MORE: That's very neat. But look now . . . If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us saintly. And we'd live like animals or angels in the happy land that needs no heroes. But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all . . . why then perhaps we must stand fast a little-even at the risk of being heroes.
I grew up reading about this man. Watched movies about him, and generally dreamed of growing up and becoming like him (which hasn't happened yet :P ). "David "Davy" Crockett (Born August 17, 1786 – Died March 6, 1836) was a 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier, and politician. He is commonly referred to in popular culture by the epithet "King of the Wild Frontier". He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the Texas Revolution." -Wikipedia I loved how this man made his own way, and served his country and fellow man when needed and didn't complain about it. He was truly what all Americans should be. I also loved how there are so many legends about him, and that he is truly pure American through and through. He lived in a hard and rough time, but a free and beautiful time. One of wild, unexplored lands. Indians. The frontier. A time of men. And Davy Crockett was the best man of that time. He died fighting for freedom, as all men of his caliber seem to do. Die for what they believe in. As he said him self "Pop, pop, pop! Bom, bom, bom! throughout the day. No time for memorandums now. Go ahead! Liberty and Independence forever." -Last entry in his diary, (5 March 1836) That is why I love that man.
Post by Adrian Jordan on Jun 14, 2016 22:26:13 GMT
Theodore Roosevelt or T.R. as he liked to be called was born on October 27, 1858, inside a Manhattan brownstone on East 20th Street. He was a sickly child how was home schooled. His father encouraged him to lift weights and box. To strengthen his body.
He later attended Harvard University and became their intramural lightweight championship and continued to spar recreationally during his political career. During his days in the White House, he regularly put up his dukes against former professional boxers and other sparring partners until a punch from a young artillery officer smashed a blood vessel and left him nearly blind in his left eye.
Tragically on Valentine’s Day in 1884, Roosevelt’s mother passed away from typhoid fever. One floor above in the same house, his first wife, Alice, died less than 12 hours later from Bright’s disease and complications from giving birth to the couple’s first child just two days before.
Some other jobs he had in life were quite varied: cattle rancher, deputy sheriff, historian, naturalist, explorer, author of 35 books, NY police commissioner, assistant Secretary of the Navy, governor of New York, war hero, and lawyer. Roosevelt also took time from his European honeymoon with his wife Alics to scale the 15,000-foot Swiss Alp with two guides.
After his appointment in 1895 as police commissioner of NY. Roosevelt attempted to reform one of America’s most corrupt police departments. The future president regularly took midnight rambles to make sure officers were walking their beats. His decision to enforce an unpopular law that banned the sale of alcohol in saloons on Sundays made him a very unpopular figure in New York, but he persisted in the crusade even after receiving two letter bombs in the mail.
He was a Rough Rider. In 1898, he resigned from the Department of the Navy and organized the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, known as the Rough Riders. Among other battles, he led the charge up San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War.
At the age of 42, he was the youngest person to become president, when President McKinley was assassinated. The Republican leaders really didn’t want Roosevelt as President. As a young Bull Moose Republican in politics, TR had angered top GOP honchos by refusing to appoint Republicans to bureaucratic positions. Party bosses Mark Hanna and Thomas Platt were able to “kick Roosevelt upstairs” as the vice presidential nominee in 1900 (a mostly powers title at the time) for the incumbent President, William McKinley. Roosevelt agreed because he was thinking of running for President in 1904. No one thought that Roosevelt would take over for McKinley later in 1901.
After the French had abandoned construction of the Panama Canal largely because of malaria and yellow fever. TR grabbed at the opportunity. In 1904, Roosevelt contracted the U.S. to build the canal in return for control over the area. He dispatched surgeons and sanitation engineers to tackle the mosquito problem, then teams and heavy equipment to complete the canal, which opened in 1914.
Roosevelt has also been deemed the country's first environmentalist president. In 1906, he signed the National Monuments Act, protecting sites like the Grand Canyon and preserving countless wildlife sanctuaries, national forests and federal game reserves. He also made headway with the nation’s infrastructure, instigating 21 federal irrigation projects.
TR was the first President to win a Nobel Peace Prize. As President, Roosevelt adopted an aggressive foreign policy, but he also saw America as deserving a role as a global peacemaker. In 1906, he convinced Japan and Russia to attend a peace conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to end their conflict. TR was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. Roosevelt also settled a dispute between France and Germany over the division of Morocco.
On October 14, 1912, an unemployed saloonkeeper shot former president and Progressive Party candidate Theodore Roosevelt outside a Milwaukee hotel. Rather than being rushed to the hospital, Roosevelt insisted on delivering his scheduled 90-minute speech. By slowing the bullet, those lengthy prepared remarks may actually have saved his life.
On january 6, 1919 former president and true American Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep at his Long Island estate, Sagamore Hill, after suffering a coronary embolism. He was 60 years old. He was buried at the Youngs Memorial Cemetery in Oysterbay New York.
Someone I find interesting is the semi-mythical Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War. Whether or not he actually existed, or wrote The Art of War, is apparently a subject of debate - however, not having studied the life of Sun Tzu in depth, I have no idea of the details of the debate. I have read The Art of War a number of times. To me, it is a great (though amoral) guide for winning battles or conflicts of all kinds. By 'amoral', I do not mean 'immoral' - I merely mean that The Art of War concerns itself with winning, not the moral consequences of actions. At any rate, much of the strategy has great value when given a little twist and applied to the non-violent life of a modern person (specifically, myself). If Sun Tzu did indeed write The Art of War, then he was undoubtedly one of the worlds greatest strategists of all time. Sun Tzu had a wonderful grasp on the essence of war, and in many cases advocated winning a war without fighting battles. War is, after all, a struggle between two or more groups to impose their will on each other (or to prevent the imposition of another will on themselves), and this obviously does not have to be done by violence. Another concept which Sun Tzu taught is best illustrated by the following two quotes: “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win” and "He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight." In other words, chose your battles: make sure you can win, then fight. If you aren't sure of victory, avoid fighting. After all, you can't lose a battle you don't engage in. Finally, here is my favorite quote from Sun Tzu: “All warfare is based on deception." If you must fight, make sure your enemy is always in the dark - confuse, misdirect, and mislead. Do the unexpected, and you have the advantage.
I chose to write about Milton S. Hershey. most people know him for his chocolate and his amusement park , but Milton was so much more. When Milton was a child his aunt and mother wanted him to to learn candy making and sent him to learn from Joseph Royer when he was 14. In 1883 he started the Lancaster Caramel Company., and in the 1890's he sold it for a million dollars to start the Hershey Chocolate Company. Milton's dream was to make chocolate for the average man. He made the first Hershey bar in 1900, followed by the kiss in 1907. Hershey and his wife Catherine who had been married in 1898 could have no children and so they decided to be philanthropists. Hershey built the Hershey industrial School, which is now called the Milton Hershey school. The school holds the majority vote of the assets coming from the chocolate factory. It also has a hundred percent control of the Entertainment and Resorts company. That trust gave 50 million dollars to open the Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center the only stipulation was that it must be built in Hershey. A few other interesting facts about Hershey he and his wife were booked for a trip on the Titanic but cancelled because of urgent business matters. During World War II Hershey was commissioned to make Ration D bars. These candy bars had to be one to two ounces each, resist melting at temperatures higher than 90 degrees and have an unpleasant enough taste to prevent Cravings from the soldiers. After a year he was told to make tropical chocolate bars which fell under the same criteria but they were allowed to taste slightly better. Between 1940 and 1945 over three billion Bars were distributed. By wars end they could make 24 million bars a week, and the factories machine shop even made parts for some of the tanks. Even though he's a newer historical figure I admire Milton he always put the good of his people first before productivity and always stayed true to his roots by helping out those less fortunate.
One of my favorite historical figures I like to learn about us Leif Eriksson.
Leif Eriksson was the second of three sons of Erik the Red who established a Norse settlement in Greenland after he was sent away from Iceland for murder. It is believed that Leif was born in 960-970 CE near of Iceland.
At the age of 10 Leif and his family had to move to Greenland because his father got sent away from Iceland and they couldn’t move to Norway because his father has previously gotten sent away from there as well.
Leif was converted to Christianity c.999, and preached it's message to the other Norse settlements. Leif is last mentioned alive in 1019, and by 1025 he had passed on his chieftaincy to another son, Thorkel
He had 2 brothers named Thorvald Eriksson and Thorstein Eiriksson and 1 sister named Fredydis Eiriksdóttir. His mother was Thjodhild and his father was Erik the Red.
Leif Eriksson is most well known for discovering Vinland. This is probably Newfoundland in 1000 CE. Other Vikings such as Leif’s brother Thorvald tried to settle these North American lands, but they had little success, as these settlementsites were abandoned. Leif will go down in the history books as a man who greatly expanded Norse territory
Post by Adrian Jordan on Jun 23, 2016 23:07:57 GMT
I have a lot of favorite historical figures, but Timon of Athens seems like a good choice for a holiday celebrating independence. Well, maybe living as a misanthropic hermit is not the most recommended way to celebrate one's independence, but it still counts!
According to Plutarch, Timon was an Athenian citizen who lived around the time of the Peloponnesian war. After losing his fortune, he decided to go live in a cave. He was notoriously grumpy, and avoided talking to his fellow Athenians. So, you can imagine their surprise when he stood at the speaker's place in the Agora one day to address the crowd. His brief speech, as recorded by Plutarch, is one of the true gems of antiquity.
“Ye men of Athens, I have a little plot of ground, and in it grows a fig-tree, on which many citizens have been pleased to hang themselves; and now, having resolved to build in that place, I wish to announce it publicly, that any of you who may be desirous may go and hang yourselves before I cut it down."
Post by Adrian Jordan on Jun 25, 2016 19:48:21 GMT
The Last Viking : Harold Hardrada
Harold was a true-life 'Conan the Barbarian'. Hardrada is described as being physically "larger than other men and stronger". He is said to have had light hair, beard, and a long mustache. The size of Hardrada is also corroborated in a story by Snorri Sturluson which tells that before the Battle of Stamford Bridge, Harold Godwinson offered Tostig back the earldom of Northumbria, and Harold Hardrada, "…six feet of English ground, or seven feet as he was taller than other men".
He first fought in his first war at age fifteen when he assembled a force of six-hundred Upland warriors to meet up with his brother, Olaf at Stiklestad to face Cnut the Great's son, Sweyn. Olaf was defeated and died on the field. Harold hide in a ditch, severely wounded and eventually made his way to a farm in Sweden where he recovered for a month. A year later, he and several other exiles arrived in Kievan Rus' where they were welcomed by Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise. Yaroslav recognized the potential in Harold and soon made him a co-captain of his defense forces.
Sometime after 1034 Harold and his band of five-hundred exiles went south to Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. There they joined the Varangian Guard, an elite unit of bodyguards to Emperor Michael V and Empress Zoe. While the most important job of the Varangian Guard was to serve as the personal bodyguard of the emperor, Harold was soon found fighting on "nearly every frontier" of the empire. Harold eventually led the majority of the Varangian Guard in revolt against Michael V. In the end the Emperor and his uncle were dragged from their sanctuary at the church of the Studion Monastery and blinded. By his own admission, and saga sources, Harold was the one to perform the deed on the Emperor. They installed the Empress Zoe to the throne.
Harold later asked Empress Zoe to release him from duty so he could return to Norway after she is restored to the throne in 1042 but she refused. Harold then steals two ships and along with his followers escapes from Constantinople into the Bosporus. An interesting but totally unsubstantiated story tells of Harold’s escape. It was said that when he heard the Byzantine harbor’s iron chains had been raised he ordered all of his men to move to the aft of the ship, raising the fore. Once the fore cleared he ordered the men to rush forward and the ship slid over the chain.
Harold would eventually gain the thrones of Norway and Denmark but would, famously, be defeated and slain at Stamford Bridge while trying to enforce his claim on the throne of England. Sagas say when he saw the forces arrayed against him that he shed his mail, and in a berserk state, charged the English lines with a great two-handed sword.
Post by Adrian Jordan on Jun 26, 2016 19:10:54 GMT
A figure from history whom I hold respect for is Ernest Shackleton. Shackleton was a British explorer who led multiple expeditions into the antarctic. His most well known voyage occurred in 1914, and became known as the Imperial Trans-Arctic Expedition. During this trip, Shackleton's ship The Endurance was crushed by ice, leaving the crew stranded on the ice layer of the sea. During the time they were trapped, Shackleton embodied the values of a leader, encouraging and motivating his men, distributing his supplies to his crew without their knowledge, and making the decisions that would ultimately have the crew reach safety on the island of South Georgia. Shackleton died of a heart attack in 1922, while conducting his final expedition. The way Shackleton takes care of his crew is source of inspiration for any leader. He took a catastrophe, one that had killed a whole crew and commander 3 years prior, and managed to return home with minimal losses. He was able to find ways to brighten a hopeless situation and motivate his fellow stranded sailors. He had to make hard decisions, but he always considered his men first. For anybody who wants to learn more about his arctic voyage of 1914, the book Endurance: Shackleton's Extraordinary Voyage is a great biography. For a historic fiction variation, there is Shackleton's Stowaway, which features the Imperial Trans-Artic Expedition from the point of a stowaway onboard The Endurance.
Post by Adrian Jordan on Jun 26, 2016 19:13:03 GMT
There are many historical figures, military or otherwise, whom I admire. I decided to go with one that perhaps isn't overly well known, King John the Blind of Bohemia (1296--1346). Not only was he King of Bohemia, but also Count of Luxembourg. John had claims to the thrones of the Holy Roman Empire and Poland, but did not achieve either of those.
Admittedly, King John was not overly popular among the nobility of Bohemia. The nobility were very protective of their rights, one among those rights being the ability to elect the king. The nobility were fearful John might encroach upon those rights, were distrustful of John for being a "foreign" king (more German than Czech), and disliked the fact he was often absent from Bohemia. In their best light, John's intentions were to consolidate his power in both Bohemia and the new frontier territories he had gained to the north and east, and bring peace and stability to all these lands. John was largely successful through compromise with the nobility. The relationship started off roughly, but ended on good terms.
One of the reasons John had been absent so much from Bohemia was that he was often on Crusade. He crusaded in Prussia and southern Italy. It was during his time crusading alongside the Teutonic Knights that John lost his sight. This did not deter him, though, and he continued to travel and fight. He was also absent from Bohemia when tending to his lands in Luxembourg.
It was this attention to Luxembourg that drew King John in to the Hundred Years War. John allied with France, and was so trusted by King Philip VI of France, that he was made Governor of Languedoc for a couple of years.
King John commanded a large force in the vanguard at the Battle of Crecy, August 26, 1346. This battle was won by the English. According to one chronicle's account, when John was informed the battle was lost and that it would be best to flee, he said, "Far be it that the King of Bohemia should run away. Instead, take me to the place where the noise of the battle is the loudest. The Lord will be with us. Nothing to fear. Just take good care of my son."
King John's son and heir, Charles, was at the battle, but had apparently already began the retreat. The noted chronicler Froissart records King John's last actions and words along these lines:
...for all that he was nigh blind, when he understood the order of the battle...he said: 'Sirs, ye are my men, my companions and friends in this journey: I require you bring me so far forward, that I may strike one stroke with my sword.' They said they would do his commandment, and to the intent that they should not lose him in the press, they tied all their reins of their bridles each to other and set the king before to accomplish his desire, and so they went on their enemies.... The king...was so far forward that he strake a stroke with his sword, yea and more than four, and fought valiantly and so did his company; and they adventured themselves so forward, that they were there all slain, and the next day they were found in the place about the king, and all their horses tied each to other.
The manor of his death and the fact John was blind led to a Czech saying, "To fight like King John of Bohemia." In other words, "to fight blindly." Depending on your point of view, this could be either a good thing or a bad thing. I'd say its mostly a good thing. Despite his blindness and despite being on the losing side, King John fought faithfully to the last, taking as many of his foes with him as he could.
Post by Adrian Jordan on Jun 27, 2016 19:49:36 GMT
Aldo is considered possibly the greatest (modern) fencer of all time. He lived from 1899 to 1965. During his life, he made numerous contributions to fencing. He was one of the original "three weapon men", in that he medaled in all three disciplines of modern fencing (foil, epee, and saber). In 1935, he moved from his native Italy to the United States to coach fencing in NYC. In addition to being a great fencer, coach and Olympian, he was also a noted duelist. This is the part I believe will interest the members of SBG the most, as he wrote extensively on dueling in his two books ("On Fencing" and "The Living Sword"). He dueled less than 100 years, at a time when language was similar to ours and wrote very well. This results in some of the most well preserved sword dueling accounts we have. Here is an excerpt: www.calpoly.edu/~dkgrant/fencing/nadi.htm . I believe Aldo should be noted amongst the greatest swordsman, sportsman, and maestros in the world, as well as a fascinating historical historical figure.
One of my favorite historical figures is Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
Toyotomi was born in the mid 1500s (sometime around perhaps 1550) to a peasant foot soldier of no distinct lineage. Despite his humble upbringings, Hideyoshi was determined to make something of himself.
First he tried being a monk and found that the life didn't agree with him, so he left the temple.
He then managed to join the Oda Clan and serve as the sandal bearer to the (in)famous Oda Nobunaga. Samurai often had their own sandal bearers on the march as waraji (straw sandals) did not last very long. It was common to simply discard them for a new pair at a whim, and thus the sandal bearer was often part of the samurai's entourage or guard.
He was a small and thin man, with monkey like features that made Oda Nobunaga actually call him "saru" which means monkey. Not an imposing samurai warrior at all.
Throughout his career he distinguished himself time and again, eventually becoming commanders of armies due to his tactical sense and ability to manipulate others.
After his master was assassinated, Hideyoshi attacked the Akechi clan in vengeance and defeated them.
He rose to prominence in the Oda clan through further manipulation and battlefield victories and eventually ended up garnering massive support from them. He managed to fight the Tokugawa clan to a stand still and eventually took them as vassal.
Hideyoshi managed to convince the Fujiwara clan to adopt him and as was his usual pattern, continued to rise through the ranks.
Eventually he was bestowed the rank of "kampaku" (also called "kwampaku") which is as close to shogun as someone not descended of the proper lineage could attain. You had to prove very specific royal lineage in order to obtain the title of shogun (military leader / warlord of Japan essentially).
Having risen as high as he could, Hideyoshi did an amazing job unifying Japan and brought a short period of relative peace with him. One interesting thing he did was the "sword hunt" in which he forbid anyone but practicing military samurai to carry weapons (previously, anyone could carry one). By disarming the populace he ensured his position of power a higher level of safety from insurrection.
Hideyoshi's ego wasn't sated with his achievements in Japan however; he turned his eyes to Korea and invaded there. He was handily defeated the first time, and on a successive trip although he did much better he still did not manage to capture Korea. The invasions left his military exhausted and nearly defeated.
Hideyoshi eventually died without his goal of conquering Korea realized and his dynasty was left in shambles because of his military overreach. His ego that had served him so well in his aspirations and unification of Japan was his dynasty's downfall in the end.
“Sheer effort enables those with nothing to surpass those with priviledge and position.” -Toyotomi Hideyoshi
In short, I truly like him because he was able to succeed to such a high level despite being born with no advantages. He is a good example of striving despite odds for victory, which I have felt has been a large portion of my life.
I do not agree with a lot of what he did (his brutal treatment of Christians, for instance) but there are many admirable qualities about him.
so one of my favorite people in American history is teddy Roosevelt.
teddy was a great human and a mans man. he was a rough rider and fought in the Spanish-american war. went on to become a governor and later the president. he actually built a boxing ring in the white house so he can box. and on October 12 1912 he was shot during a speech. instead of being rushed off to the hospital he finished his speech.
christain: Confusios says: "Man who stands on toilet is high on pot." -------
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AndiTheBarvarian: My grandfather said: "Where's the darn dog when you need it to blame for?"
Apr 4, 2020 15:59:25 GMT
ouroboros: Grandfather says "he who farts in church, sits in own pew"
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Robert in California: Don't bath and soon enough you don't have to move 6 feet away from people. They do (more than 6 in the summer)
Apr 3, 2020 23:59:16 GMT
Robert in California: My personality repels so I have not had to worry about 6 feet. I come. They go. Got my own private office. Not for being a big wig, but for personality issues. (born in the New York A!...born in the New York A!....(lyrics from "the boss")
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