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Most maligned villain

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maxi29 | 12:06 Mon 20th Mar 2006 | History
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Following on from the Robespierre question: who are the most maligned villains in history? As I said below, I think Robespierre has had a really bad deal from history (particularly in the UK, the French treat him with respect) but there are other candidates. Captain Bligh, by all accounts, was a first-class seaman and a liberal one, by the standards of the day and there's sure to be support for Richard III. Are there any other bad uns who have been besmirched for propaganda reasons?

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Yeah Richard III had the naffest press ever.Very doubtful he killed the princes in the tower and I believe he took the throne as England had been wracked with civil war for years and he wanted to make sure the country was stable.He'd previously been an excellent soldier for his brother (Edward IV) and was trusted implicitly and held in very high regard.Undoubtedly the Tudors really went to town with their PR people on his reputation and villified him for all time.
Billy the Kid wasn't well liked. Not lke Jesse james was.
<DIV>Richard III trying to 'stabalise' a country that:

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<DIV>Had enjoyed a dozen years of peace?

<DIV>Had fought for decades over a desputed succesion to the throne - that was no longer disputed?

<DIV>When he was to be undisputed regent for the remaining (9) years of Edwards minority (allowing him to 'stabilise the country')?

<DIV>And who in all probability had much of his family killed (not just the Princes in the tower)?

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<DIV>Anyway, I reckon Genghis Khan has always had a bad press. Despite the above I actually believe we make the mistake of judging people by todays standards. If the local tribes weren't being slaughtered by the mongols they'd only be being slaughtered by their neighbours. He was just better, not more sadistic than his opponants..
Marie Antoinette, Queen of France. Much of the accepted fact about this maligned queen is merely Republican propaganda.

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