There have been many great individuals in various fields of human endeavor throughout history from science to the arts, philosophy to politics, business to technology, but none of these greats has spilled more blood than the greatest warriors in history. So take a deep breath and get ready to discover 25 of the deadliest, most vicious, and bloodthirsty warriors who ever lived.
Alaric the Visigoth
Alaric was a Visigoth king who has the distinction of being the one who sacked Rome. That upgraded him to an honorary Roman civilian and magister militum, “master of soldiers,” making him a valued member of the Roman Empire. Following the sack of Rome, Alaric led his troops south to Campania, taking Nola and Capua along the way. Alaric headed toward the Roman province of Africa where he intended to provision his army with Rome’s personal breadbasket, but a storm wrecked his ships, temporarily blocking his crossing. Only Mother Nature could defeat Alaric the Barbarian.
Roland was a great French warrior and a medieval folk hero who was immortalized in the poem Chanson de Roland, which was written sometime during the eleventh and twelve centuries. Historically Count Roland was Charlemagne’s commander on the Breton border and his very best warrior. According to legend he was killed in a pass in the Pyrenees when Basques cut off the rear guard of the Frankish army returning from its invasion of Spain in 778.
Horatius Cocles was a legendary Roman hero who defended the bridge across the Tiber when the city was attacked by the Etruscans. We could write pages inspired by his achievements on the battlefield but to make a long story short, just keep in mind that Horatius lost his eye in a battle thanks to an arrow that he removed (with his eye still on it) and continued fighting like a beast, hence the name “Cocles,” which means “one eyed.” I don’t think this man’s heroism can be questioned, do you?
Prince Rupert of the Rhine
Despite Prince Rupert looking like a softy and coming from a ridiculously rich family the man was really ambitious. By age fourteen the German prince had already joined the military and went on to have a very diverse, colorful career though he is most known for commanding the royalist cavalry during the English Civil War.
Even though Prince Rupert was also an inventor, an artist, a businessman, and a few other things, it was his fighting skills and ruthless warrior spirit that made him stand out. For the record, he was that good of a warrior that his enemies believed at some point that he had supernatural powers and couldn’t be killed.
Revered in France as its first national hero, Vercingetorix managed to unite several sovereign Celtic tribes to do battle against the aggressive Romans. He battled valiantly and ferociously to keep the Roman army from overrunning Gaul, as France was then called. His troops were eventually defeated at Alesia, and Vercingetorix was forced to surrender after battling the powerful Roman army with all he had.