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  • Sigurd Eysteinsson on Random Bizarre Deaths During The Middle Ages

    (#1) Sigurd Eysteinsson

    • Dec. at 783 (874 BC-91 BC)

    Sigurd Eysteinsson, also known as Sigurd The Mighty, reportedly passed after acquiring an infection in one of the most bizarre ways. He allegedly strapped the head of a defeated foe to his horse's saddle, forcing the teeth of this head to graze against his leg as he rode. The ride was apparently long enough to break the skin and cause the infection.

  • Inalchuq on Random Bizarre Deaths During The Middle Ages

    (#7) Inalchuq

    • Dec. at 54 (1165-1219)

    Inalchuq, the Muslim governor of the Central Asian town of Otrar, was captured and slain by the invading Mongols. This normally would not be that unusual for the times; however his passing allegedly occurred when Mongols poured molten silver in his eyes and ears.

  • Béla I of Hungary on Random Bizarre Deaths During The Middle Ages

    (#3) Béla I of Hungary

    • Dec. at 47 (1016-1063)

    Béla I of Hungary reportedly perished when his throne's canopy collapsed upon him. Though not much is known about the actual incident, some believe that foul play may have been involved. For those wondering, he was succeeded by Salamon of Hungary.

  • Martin of Aragon on Random Bizarre Deaths During The Middle Ages

    (#8) Martin of Aragon

    • Dec. at 54 (1356-1410)

    Martin I of Aragon allegedly perished because of a lethal combination of indigestion and uncontrollable laughing. Little else is known about the details of this story, but that may be a good thing considering a combination of indigestion and laughter sounds extremely painful.

  • Edward II of England on Random Bizarre Deaths During The Middle Ages

    (#4) Edward II of England

    • Dec. at 43 (1284-1327)

    After being deposed and imprisoned by his Queen consort Isabella and her lover Roger Mortimer, Edward II of England was rumored to have been slain by having a red-hot iron inserted into his anus. Other rumors exist including that he was suffocated or strangled instead.

  • al-Musta'sim on Random Bizarre Deaths During The Middle Ages

    (#2) al-Musta'sim

    • Dec. at 45 (1213-1258)

    Al-Musta'sim, Caliph of Baghdad, was allegedly slain during the Mongol invasion of the Abbasid Caliphate. Hulagu Khan got creative with the Caliph as he opted to wrap him in a rug and have him trampled by horses.

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The death of Richard III at the Battle of Boswarts marked the end of the Middle Ages. In the Middle Ages, known as the "Dark Age", the average life span of people was much shorter than that of modern society. Due to war and cholera and poor hygiene, abnormal deaths are common. The wealthy royal family is no exception.

You may have heard how the ruler of the Middle Ages died in battle or the king died of uncontrollable laughter, or the emperor was dragged 16 miles by a deer and died? The random tool tells 8 bizarre deaths of some historical figures in the Middle Ages.

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