Worst Rulers | Top 5 Tuesday

This is actually the Top 5 Tuesday theme that I have found the hardest so far. Turns out I haven’t read that many books that involve Kings and Queens, therefore I decided to also include rulers that didn’t involve monarchy on this list which helped a little. If this is you’re first ever top 5 Tuesday, this is a weekly blog trend started by Shanah over at Bionic Book Worm, and I’ve taken part for the last few weeks. Its so fun to try and pin down books that fit each week’s chosen theme. Some weeks, like this one, are harder than others. So, without further ado….Here are my top 5 worst rulers.

We’re going to start of with the actual Kings/Queens making this list….

1. King Henry VIII (Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen by Alison Weir (Six Tudor Queens #1))

I’m sure you’ve all heard about Henry VIII and his six wives and this historical fiction series has a book dedicated to each one of them. We’re taught about Henry VIII in primary school in the UK and the Tudor era was a part of history that always interested me, therefore I was very excited to start this series. Despite only reading the first one, I felt like I learnt a lot about Katherine of Aragon, who was pushed aside by her husband because she could not produce a male heir. Henry VIII really did change the rules of the country and religion in order to serve his own self-interest. If you’re interested in the Tudor period of British history then I really recommend this series, I hope to continue it at some point.

2. King Dorian Havilliard I (Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #1))

In all honesty, I can’t remember that much about this book. I read it only last year and I know there are some hard-core fans of the series, but I also realise the series is very problematic. I have only read the first two and who knows if I will decide to continue with it. However, I think we can all agree that the King is a pretty bad guy. The main character, Aelina, worked as a slave in the mines before she is trained to be an assassin so the king can kill people……yeah what a great guy. I don’t know his fate throughout the rest of the series, but in the first two books he is alive and kicking and a terrible ruler.

3. Queen Jadis/The White Witch (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia #2))

Though Jadis was not technically the Queen of Narnia, she thought she was and she was a completely terrible one. Tricking Edmund into turning in his brother and sisters in order to stop them taking the throne, killing a lion, turning people into stone…..you know, the usual Queen stuff. I have been in such a Narnia mood recently that this one had to make the list. As a child watching the film, I thought she was both very cool and very scary and having read the book last month and rewatched the film for the first time in many years, I can appreciate once again just how bad of a Queen she really was. No Christmas! Terrible.

Now onto the people who aren’t Kings and Queen’s but rule or attempt to in any case…..

4. The Volturi (Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer (Twilight #3))

I was a bit on the fence about whether or not to include these on the list then I remembered the scene at the end of Eclipse film when they refuse to be lenient on the young new-born girl who did not even take part in the fight and decided, yes, they deserve to be on here. Though, I don’t think they are technically ‘in charge’ of the vampire population, they hold a lot of sway and are tasked with making sure that they stay hidden from the humans. They are ruthless, don’t care one single bit about humans and really, really hate the Cullen family. I know, Twilight is problematic but I loved it when I was a teenager and it is still one of my guilty pleasures now (I have most definitely preordered Midnight Sun ready for August, and I CANNOT WAIT).

5. Ralph/Jack (Lord of Flies by William Golding)

Again, this may be a surprising one to include on this last because after all they are just kids, stuck in very extreme circumstances. Lord of the Flies is the story of young boys who find themselves stranded on an island without any parents so they attempt to make their own version of civilisation. To put it lightly, it does not work out. Both the leaders of Ralph and Jack are both terrible at taking charge and it leads to tragic results for all of those involved.

So, that’s it! Even though I struggled at first to think of these five, I really enjoyed thinking about this topic. On reflection I could have also included the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, or the King from the Grisha Trilogy, or the Lunar Queen from Cinder by Marissa Meyer, all of which are prime candidates for terrible leadership.

Who would make your list?

Amie x


  1. I feel like Ralph had the potential to be a great leader but he didn’t know how to effectively communicate so he couldn’t hold onto his power. Jack was just power-hungry. So yeah, I totally agree that they’re both terrible rulers.

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