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The Most Ruthless Queens And Female Rulers Of All Time

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When most people picture a dictator, the first thought that comes to mind is usually of a strongman in military regalia. Seldom does one picture a dictator as a woman, and for good reason. There really hasn't been a female dictator in the modern sense of the word, but that doesn't mean that powerful women throughout history have never ruled with an iron fist. In fact, some of the most famous queens and female rulers in history have committed cruelties on par with their male counterparts.

Oppression is one of history's most depressing constants, and absolute power is known to corrupt absolute. Queens are not immune to this truth, as evidenced by the ruthless reigns of history's most cruel queens. These are the worst queens in history, who between them are charged with unnamable atrocities.

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