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18 Historical Leaders Who Were Conned By Their Closest Advisors

From Game of Thrones to actual history, House of Cards to real world politics, it’s no secret the worlds of real and fictional politics are cutthroat and terrifying. One day you’re in, the next day you’re out. So it should come as no surprise there’s a long list of historical leaders whose advisors, family members, and confidants conned them.  

Some of these advisors wanted power, some wanted revenge, some wanted control. Others sought to oust a leader unfit for duty. The leaders who were tricked by these advisors didn’t always deserve it, and many of them met tragic ends at the hands of their subjects, advisors, or country.

If you think you’re having a bad day, take a look at this list of people conned by their closest confidants. You’ll feel better about yourself, so long as your friends aren’t trying to kill you.

 

 

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