History’s rulers have often engaged in surreptitious acts to gain power. Emperor Wen-Ti, the first emperor of China’s Sui Dynasty, acted particularly ruthlessly. How did he seize the throne?

Answer: He slaughtered the then current King Emperor and 59 princes to seize power. What goes around eventually comes around however. In 604, he was murdered by his son and successor, Yang Guang.

Source: The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia by David Crystal

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