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List of famous usurpers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top usurpers in the world? This includes the most prominent usurpers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable usurpers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic usurpers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned usurpers.

This list has everything from Pope Leo IX to Catherine II of Russia.

From reputable, prominent, and well known usurpers to the lesser known usurpers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the usurper field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous usurpers ever?" and "What are the names of famous usurpers?" then you're in the right place. (14 items)
Catherine II of Russia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Usurpers
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Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great, was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July [O.S. 28 June] 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. Her reign was called Russia's golden age. She was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Prussia as Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg, and came to power following a coup d'├ętat and the assassination of her husband, Peter III, at the end of the Seven Years' War. Russia was revitalized under her reign, growing larger and stronger than ever and becoming recognized as one of the great powers of Europe. In both her accession to power and in rule of her empire, ...more

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Henry IV of England is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Usurpers
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Henry IV was King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1399 to 1413. He was the 10th King of England of the House of Plantagenet and also asserted his grandfather's claim to the title King of France. He was born at Bolingbroke Castle in Lincolnshire, hence his other name, Henry of Bolingbroke. His father, John of Gaunt, was the third son of Edward III, and enjoyed a position of considerable influence during much of the reign of Henry's cousin Richard II, whom Henry eventually deposed. Henry's mother was Blanche, heiress to the considerable Lancaster estates, and thus he became the first King of England from the Lancaster branch of the Plantagenets. ...more

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Pope Leo IX is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Usurpers
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Pope Leo IX, born Bruno of Egisheim-Dagsburg, was Pope from 12 February 1049 to his death in 1054. He was a German aristocrat and a powerful secular ruler of central Italy while holding the papacy. He is regarded as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, his feast day celebrated on 19 April. Leo IX is widely considered the most historically significant German Pope of the Middle Ages. His citing of the Donation of Constantine in a letter to the Patriarch of Constantinople brought about the Great Schism between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. ...more

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False Dmitriy I is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Usurpers
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False Dmitriy I, historically known as Pseudo-Demetrius I, was the Tsar of Russia from 21 July 1605 until his death on 17 May 1606 under the name of Dimitriy Ioannovich. He is sometimes referred to under the title of Dmitriy I. According to historian Chester L. Dunning, Dmitriy I was, "the only Tsar ever raised to the throne by means of a military campaign and popular uprisings." He was one of "impostors" who claimed during the Time of Troubles to be the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, tsarevitch Dmitriy Ivanovich, who had supposedly escaped a 1591 assassination attempt. It is generally believed that the real Dmitriy died in Uglich and that this False Dmitriy's real name was Grigory ...more

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