Top 10 Best Monarchs of All Times

The Top Ten
1 Frederick II of Prussia

A great musical composer (seriously, as long as you like Baroque music, you need only to search on Google or YouTube), one of the greatest generals of all time despite his dislike of war, patron of the arts, philosophy, and the sciences. He ended torture, reformed the legal system, almost abolished the death penalty, abolished serfdom on all crown-owned lands. He was admired by and a friend of some of the greatest scientists and philosophers of his day (D'alembert, Voltaire), brought some of the greatest mathematicians of his time to Berlin (Euler, Lagrange), opened most of the higher government posts to people of non-noble birth. He was religiously tolerant (which was a rarity at the time) and proud of it. Speech was freer than in any other part of Europe during his reign. He established in Prussia one of the first mandatory school systems in history with the aim to eliminate illiteracy and to provide certain technical skills and was over a century ahead of countries like Britain and France. And the list goes on and on.

Granted, he wasn't perfect. He held nobles in higher esteem than he did commoners and he wasn't free from prejudice against certain religious groups and minorities either (despite his tolerance), but taking the sum total of his actions into account, there can be no doubt that he was one of the most remarkable people of the 18th century (and, for that matter, of all time) and one truly deserving of the title "The Great".

2 Robert I of Scotland
3 Pacal I of Palenque
4 Gustav II Adolf of Sweden

Gustav II is the most powerful king Northern Europe has ever seen. He founded the Swedish empire. I'm proud to be Swedish. Take that, Danes.

5 David of Israel
6 Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil
7 Constantine the Great
8 Victoria of the United Kingdom Queen Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria; 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death in 1901. Her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any previous British monarch and is known as the Victorian era... read more

She was the most powerful woman in history. She ruled half the world.

9 Senusret III
10 Peter the Great of Russia

Come on! Nobody from that list raised his country to a new, completely new level! He transformed wild, medieval Russia into one of the strongest empires. At the beginning of his rule, Russia did not have a navy and only had access to one northern sea. Russia did not have powerful trading until his rule. I'm Russian, and I think that he is the greatest Russian of all time. He made most of our great history.

He is the creator of the most beautiful city in Europe.

The Contenders
11 Xiaowu of Liu Song
12 Catherine the Great
13 King Solomon

The greatest peacetime ruler in history.

14 Alexander the Great Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.
15 Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and... read more
16 Akbar of the Mughals
17 Margrethe II of Denmark
18 Louis XIV of France Louis XIV (5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (le Roi-Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of any monarch of a major... read more
19 Charlemagne, Holy Roman Emperor
20 Alexander III of Scotland

Alexander III ruled Scotland from 1249-1286 and, in 1266, after defeating the Norwegians at the Battle of Largs, gained the Hebrides and the counties of Caithness and Ross for Scotland.

21 Elizabeth I
22 Henry V of England

He would have become king of France, simply through guts, determination, and some great commanders, had he not died so early. He led the English at the Battle of Agincourt, one of, if not the greatest, victories in the country's history. He's my favorite king and English monarch. My favorite queen and monarch of any other nation is Isabella of Castile.

23 Henry VII of England

He brought about an end to the 32-year destructive War of the Roses, secured a strong dynasty, and was an amazing administrator.

24 Bhumibol Adulyadej Bhumibol Adulyadej was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri Dynasty as Rama IX . He Was Born on 5 December 1927 . Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he was, at the time of his death, the world's longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history, serving for 70 years,... read more
25 Justinian I of Byzantium
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