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A little-known poet king formed canny political alliances and took what he wanted

He is known to have been a poet, philosopher, architect, designer and was hailed as a progressive leader.

He was the son of kings, educated by his country’s finest minds, skilled at warfare. A man of many talents, capable of both great statecraft and great deceit.

A contemporary of Columbus, of Johann Gutenberg, of the Mings in China, of Joan of Arc, this complicated, forceful and talented man knew none of them. His wisdom and his ways sprang from the same source of human capabilities but from different wells. When he was only seven, his father, the king, gave him over to the wisest men in the land for training in the arts and sciences. When he was 16 his father was murdered and his kingdom usurped. The youth was hidden from his enemies to insure the succession.

Finally, through the intercession of two canny aunts of royal blood he was permitted to continue his studies and military training in the capital city — where he could be easily watched. He returned from hiding a polished, regal young man of 24 and soon created suspicion among the kingdom’s ruling group — as well he might have, for within a year he had organized a revolt and retaken his throne. In the next year he was proclaimed ruler of the land.

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