K is for King. Of the royal variety, that is.
History is chock-full of famous monarchs - good guys, bad guys, crazy guys, guys who went missing only to be found hundreds of years later under a parking lot (true story). British history provides a plethora of juicy scandals revolving around the royal families, as well as some disconcerting tales. Some monarchs gained fame for their benevolence and good deeds, while others did so by mass murder and all-out tyranny. People ruling with complete power went by other titles besides king and queen; there were Tsars (or Tzars, or Czars - those crazy Russians are too indecisive), Emperors and Kaisers (which is really just the German word for "emperor"). Let's cover some of history's most famous absolute rulers.
King Henry VIII (I am, I am), Tudor
Tsar Nicholas II, Romanov
King Richard III, House of York
Richie was the last king of the House of York, and after his death in the War of the Roses the Tudor line rose to power. So we can blame him for Henry VIII. The last English king to die in battle, Richard was buried in 1485, after which his grave was lost (bet somebody got fired over that. "Where'd you bury Richard?" "It was....uh.....I...I'm not sure."). He was missing for over FIVE HUNDRED YEARS. He was finally found this past February underneath a parking lot. What a bummer. Five bucks says he's been haunting cars and making tires go flat. And before that, making carriage wheels fall off. And before that, possessing horses. Wow, five hundred years. Sucks for you, Richie.
Lastly, because I'm all for women's equality and feminism...
Queen Elizabeth I, Tudor
Her reign is designated the Elizabethan Era or the Golden Age, due to the flourishing of poetry, literature and theatre. William Shakespeare was a major player during this time. World exploration was also a priority for the British Empire. With all of the positive goings-on, poor Liz had a major bummer to deal with: she was constantly threatened by plots to have her killed and replaced with Mary, Queen of Scots. Being a queen sucks sometimes.