Blood relatives & amp; # 8212; enemies in life
Cain killed Abel with envy, Romulus Remus because of power, and the ancient Greek god Zeus sent his brother to hell in general — legends and traditions contain many similar and at the same time unique stories about confrontations and enmity between relatives, which sometimes ended tragically .
Let us remember the historical events that tell about all the shades of the struggle between brothers and sisters: from frivolous to fatal.
1. Cleopatra and Ptolemy XIII
Before his death, the Egyptian pharaoh Ptolemy XII bequeathed to his children, Cleopatra and Ptolemy, to rule Egypt together. However, in reality, after the death of his father, Ptolemy Jr., frightened by his sister's ambitions, expelled her from Egypt. Revenge was not long in coming, and Cleopatra, having formed an alliance with Caesar, returned her status as queen to the struggle, and Ptolemy died fighting for the throne.
2. Cleopatra and Arsinoe
Later, Cleopatra repeatedly proved to Egypt that she was ready to do anything for the status of the imperious queen: Arsinoe was her younger half-sister, and could still claim the throne, and these facts were already a good reason to see the threatwhich must be eliminated. What a brutal ruler achieved with the help of her lover Mark Antony.
3. Elizabeth I and Mary I
Immediately after her coronation in 1553, Queen Maria I, devoted to Catholicism, began to rid England of the influence of Protestantism and return the country to Catholic traditions, which her elder sister Elizabeth did not care much about. After a brief uprising against Mary, which was subsequently suppressed, she accused Elizabeth of treason and helping the rebels and sentenced her to imprisonment in the Tower of London for 2 months.
4. Henry I and Robert Kurtgöz
Despite the fact that Robert, nicknamed “short pants” was the eldest son of William the Conqueror and was the main contender for the throne, the Norman Duke could not advance further. While he was engaged in battles during the First Crusade, his father and older brother William II died, and the command was transferred into the hands of his younger brother Henry I. Finally, in 1086, the two clashed in the Battle of Tanshbre in which the younger brother won, and Robert was captured.
5. Artaxerxes and Cyrus the Younger
Shortly after Artaxerxes became king of Persia, he learned that his brother Cyrus was already planning his assassination and seizure of power. Not wanting to give up without a fight, he gathered about 30,000 soldiers and began a full-scale attack on Artaxerxes. Interestingly, in the midst of the final battle, the brothers actually met face to face. Cyrus wounded the king with a spear, but in response was hit by arrows several times and died the same day.
6. Geta and Caracalla
Today it seems obvious that asking the royals to share power is not the best idea. This is an illustrative case: by dividing the equal rights to power between his sons Caracalla and Goethe, the Roman emperor Septimius Severus literally provided the children with an excuse for hostility. In the end, everything ended tragically: Karakalaa ambushed Goethe and he died at the hands of his mother.
7. King Richard the Lionheart and John the Landless
The legend of Robin Hood forever perpetuated this quarrel. In short, while Richard was engaged in the Crusade, John, bearing a grudge against his brother because he did not make him his successor, revolted and tried to seize power by overthrowing Regent Richard.Upon his return, the king punished his brother, taking his land and driving him out of England. He later received forgiveness, but gained notoriety. Because of his selfish intentions, John was inscribed as a real villain in the ancient legend of Khereward, which served as the basis for the legend of Robin Hood.
8. Al-Walid and Suleiman
During its heyday, the powerful Umayyad Caliphate was a huge empire, stretching from Spain to the territory of modern Iran. In 705, Al-Walid became the head, but with a certain reservation, not too pleasing to the new ruler: after his death brother Suleiman should become the Caliph. This situation did not suit Al-Walid and he launched an active campaign, the goal of which was to make the son of his son the power, but she was not successful: Suleiman still became the ruler and severely punished everyone involved in this plan.
9. John Wilkes Booth and Edwin Thomas Booth
America, mid-19th century - brothers John and Edwin Booth, who came from a theatrical family, begin their theatrical career.
It soon became clear that the older brother Edwin was more successful, more talented, and enjoyed great success with the public, while Bout Jr. constantly received bad reviews of his roles.Meanwhile, relations between the slave-owning South and the industrial North were gradually heating up, promising the imminent start of the Civil War. It would have been logical for Edwin to support his brother, but instead he forbade John and his sister to play in all the North productions. Holding a grudge against Edwin, he moved south, where his interest in separatist organizations began to grow. So the relationship of the two brothers indirectly influenced the course of history - later it was Booth Jr. who would become the killer of Abraham Lincoln.