2. Hannibal Barca
Sure, he was undefeated against the Romans - being so successful that they even put his strategies to use. BUT DID YOU KNOW: When he was a child, his father held him over the roaring fire of a sacrificial chamber and made him swear to never be a friend to Rome.
4. Attila the Hun
Sure, he was the leader of the Hunnic Empire and was known and feared for his relentless cruelty. BUT DID YOU KNOW: He was buried in a coffin of gold, which was then put in a coffin on silver, which was then put in a coffin of iron. When the men who buried him returned from the burial ground, they were killed, because no one is allowed to know where Attila is buried.
5. William the Conqueror
Sure, he led the Norman invasion on England, which was the last time that a foreign power successfully did so. BUT DID YOU KNOW: Always a fit man, he was touchy about his weight later in life since he had noticeably ballooned up. He invented a diet where he’d only drink wine and spirits. When he died, his coffin was too small, and when they tried to stuff him into it, he exploded. Seriously.
Sure, he captured a ship which became his flagship “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the most famous pirate ship known today. BUT DID YOU KNOW: He would put slow-burning fuses in his hair and beard during battle. This would create a cloud of smoke around him, and was used as a dumb but effective intimidation tactic.