List of Famous Usurpers

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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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Catherine II (Russian: Екатери́на Алексе́евна, romanized: Yekaterina Alekseyevna; 2 May [O.S. 21 April] 1729 – 17 November [O.S. 6 November] 1796), also known as Catherine the Great (Екатери́на Вели́кая, Yekaterina Velikaya), born Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, was Empress of Russia from 1762 until 1796, the country's longest-ruling female leader. She came to power following a coup d'état that she organised—resulting in her husband, Peter III, being overthrown. Under her reign, Russia was revitalised; it grew larger and stronger and was recognised as one of the great powers of Europe. In her accession to power and her rule of the empire, Catherine often relied on her noble favourites, ...more on Wikipedia

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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 of England

Henry IV (15 April 1367 – 20 March 1413), also known as Henry Bolingbroke (), was King of England from 1399 to 1413. He asserted the claim of his grandfather King Edward III, a maternal grandson of Philip IV of France, to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the son of John of Gaunt (the fourth son of Edward III) and Blanche of Lancaster. John enjoyed a position of considerable influence during much of the reign of his nephew King Richard II, whom Henry eventually deposed. Henry founded the Lancaster branch of the House of Plantagenet. He was the first King of England since the Norman Conquest whose mother tongue was English rather than French. ...more on Wikipedia

Pope Leo IX is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Usurpers
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Pope Leo IX (21 June 1002 – 19 April 1054), born Bruno of Egisheim-Dagsburg, was Pope of the Catholic Church from 12 February 1049 to his death in 1054. He was a German aristocrat and a powerful ruler of central Italy while holding the papacy. He is regarded as a saint by the Catholic Church, his feast day celebrated on 19 April.Leo IX is widely considered the most historically significant German pope of the Middle Ages; he was instrumental in the precipitation of the Great Schism of 1054, considered the turning point in which the Catholic and Orthodox Churches formally separated. Leo IX favored traditional morality in his reformation of the Catholic Church. One of his first public acts was ...more on Wikipedia

False Dmitriy I is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Usurpers
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Dmitry I (Russian: Димитрий I (Первый), tr. Dimitry I (Perviy)) (historically known as Pseudo-Demetrius I and False Dmitry I, Russian: Лжедмитрий I, tr. Lzhedmitry I) was the Tsar of Russia from 10 June 1605 until his death on 17 May 1606 under the name of Dmitry Ivanovich (Russian: Дмитрий Иванович). According to historian Chester S.L. Dunning, Dmitry was "the only Tsar ever raised to the throne by means of a military campaign and popular uprisings".He was the first, and most successful, of three "pretenders" (Russian: самозванцы (sing.: самозванец), romanized: samozvanets) who claimed during the Time of Troubles to be the youngest son of Ivan the Terrible, tsarevich Dmitry Ivanovich, who ...more on Wikipedia