In the first written epic of humanity, Gilgamesh, after having conquered half the world, after having known and overcome the most terrible hardships and amassed all known treasures, Gilgamesh, the first historical king, plans to renounce all this to enjoy a peaceful life.
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, was only 56 when he abdicated and sought the peace of a monastery in September 1556. He retired to the secluded Monastery of Yuste in Extremadura living alone with clocks lining every wall, which some historians believe were symbols of his reign and his lack of time.
Since 1825, many people in Russia and elsewhere believe that Tsar Alexander I after defeating Napoleon and reigning over much of the emerged lands aspired to a contemplative and traveling life. Not only Tolstoi but his main biographer, General Schilder, described the possible staging of his own death in Taganrog, Azov Sea port thousands of miles from St. Petersburg. The discreet departure to the Holy Land on Lord Loftus’ yacht, then his return in 1837 to Siberia with the long beard of a holy man. The last five peaceful years of his Siberian life under the name of Fedor Koznich in an isba near Tomsk or members of the imperial family do not fail to visit him and to dedicate a particular devotion to him.