29. King David
The jury is out as to whether or not King David was a real historical figure or a legend, not unlike King Arthur. Still, his story is fascinating. He was a young shepherd who was disregarded by his brothers and father as having little significance when he was anointed by the prophet Samuel to become the next king of Israel. There was still a king, though, and David did not launch an insurrection to depose him and even fought in his army against the giant Goliath. As a king, David was full of imperfections. That included committing adultery and then ending the woman’s husband to hide it. Still, he was known for establishing ancient Israel as a unified kingdom rather than a conglomeration of conflicted tribes.