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Macbeth, King of Scotland

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The Resume

    (1005-August 15, 1057)
    Born in Dingwall (Present Day Scotland)
    King of Scots from 1040 until his death
    Assumed the throne after dethroning and killing Duncan I
    Killed at the Battle of Lumphanan in 1057 by forces loyal to Malcolm III
    Inspiration for William Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth'

Why he might be annoying:

    He killed his own cousin (King Duncan).
    He was nowhere near as interesting as his Shakespearean counterpart.
    Shakespeare mostly based the play on an account of his life from Holinshed's Chronicles, which contained inaccuracies, historical biases, and outright falsehoods.
    To this day, it is bad luck for actors and others in the theatre industry to mention his (the play's) name while inside a theatre.

Why he might not be annoying:

    He was one of the last Gaelic kings.
    He usurped the Scottish throne by killing Duncan in battle, not while he was asleep in his bed.
    His father was murdered by his two cousins.
    By all accounts he ruled equably, imposing law and order and encouraging Christianity.
    In 1050, he is known to have travelled to Rome for a papal jubilee.
    He made successful forays over the border into Northumbria, England.
    Holinshed destroyed his reputation to strengthen the House of Stuarts' claim on the Scottish throne (which would explain Shakespeare's choosing this version of events to kiss Stuart King James' ass).
    As far as we know A) his wife was a lovely woman not a maniacal shrew, B) he never got his policy advice by consulting weird sister witches and C) he never hallucinated the ghosts of innocent people he killed. So, you know, good for you, Macbeth.

Credit: BoyWiththeGreenHair


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