I study war and after many years I have found some warriors are just better than others…..I also found an article along these lines…….this is the author’s top 10 warriors of all times.
As long as there have been civilizations, there have been unending wars for power and land. These wars have produced some of the fiercest warriors the world has ever seen. Men who are not only exceptional at hand to hand combat but who were also great leaders and brilliant strategists. There were so many brave individuals who could fit on this list but I think these represent warrior states from around the world and throughout the ages.
10. Richard I (Lionheart)
Richard I was given the nickname Lionheart (or Coeur de Leon) for his exceptional fighting ability and courage. The duke of Normandy and the Count of Anjou, he ascended to the throne of England in 1198 after defeating his father Henry II with the help of his powerful mother Eleanor of Aquitaine. Richard took the cross in 1188 when he heard of Saladin’s successful conquest of Jerusalem. He raised funds by selling official titles, rights and lands to the highest noble bidder. He left for the Holy Land in 1190 along with French King Philip II and most of the military forces of Christendom. After being waylaid first in Sicily and then in Cyprus, Richard and Philip arrived in the Holy Land in June 1191. The joint forces first took Acre and then moved onto Arsuf before fortifying Ascalon. Arguments between who was to become King of Jerusalem escalated and Philip quit the Crusade and returned to France. Richard pressed on but when he realized he had no way of securing Jerusalem even if he had managed to capture it, he signed a peace treaty with Saladin and returned to Europe. He spent his final five years reclaiming his throne from his brother John and fighting against Philip’s advances into Normandy.
I strongly disagree with his choices…..I will agree with his choices of Spartacus, Saladin, Julius Caesar, Hannibal and Alexander….but that is where it ends.
My choices of the 6 other top warriors are…..Charles Martel who stopped the Northward advance of Islam in 732 in today’s France…..then I choose Gen. Qutuz in 1260 that defeated the Mongol army at Ain Jalut…..Genghis Khan for obvious reasons…..Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire for his capture of Constantinople in 1453…..Washington for obvious reasons as well and finally Soviet General Zukov…..his plans helped defeat the Nazis.
Those are my picks for the top warriors….if anyone would like to add to the discussion please feel free to do so.
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