Cyril of Alexandria

I admit I have only just begun reading about Cyril of Alexandria, and I am currently reading his famous work On the Unity of Christ (trans. John A. McGuckin), but am I alone in thinking that while he appears to have been a great theologian he was also a political monster? He was in constant conflict with pagans and Jews. He had mobs of monks striking fear into the hearts of his opponents. He seems to have supported the murder of a female philosopher as the final defeat of “idolatry” in Alexandria. He was part of the disposal of two bishops of Constantinople–John Chrysostom and Nestorius–partially for legitimate reasons but also in part because he feared Constantinople overshadowing Alexandria.

All that being said, do we have any Cyril scholars out there who can tell me why I should like this man (other than his defeat of Nestorianism)?