Unusual Deaths: Bizarre Deaths During The Middle Ages People
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Unusual Deaths: Bizarre Deaths During The Middle Ages

Similar to the strange deaths that took place during the Renaissance, a number of bizarre deaths occurred during the Middle Ages including some of the most unusual ways of dying imaginable. Though many are disputed, and why wouldn't they be as they are pretty crazy to say the least, these deaths could not be made up.

There are lots of strange ways to die and these might be the strangest deaths of all. These are perhaps the most unique and rarest circumstances that you can think of. For example, take the unfortunate soul that allegedly combined a wicked case of indigestion with uncontrollable laughter. Then we have a ruler died when molten silver was poured into his eyes, ears, and throat.

Plenty of gluttons made the list as well including one who enjoyed his favorite meal so much that it was his demise and another who was not only reportedly drowned in a vat of liquor but also had his corpse shipped in a barrel of brandy because he loved the bottle so much.

Think strange deaths are just in the 21st century? Think again! As these tales show, people have been dying from all sorts of unheard of ways for centuries.
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    al-Musta'sim

    Al-Mu'tasim, Caliph of Baghdad, was allegedly killed during the Mongol invasion of the Abbasid Caliphate. Hulagu Khan, not wanting to spill royal blood, wrapped him in a rug and had him trampled to death by his horses.

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    Béla I of Hungary reportedly died 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 Solomon of Hungary.

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

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    George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, was allegedly executed by drowning in a barrel of Malmsey wine at his own request. Known for enjoying his liquor, the Duke's body was also reportedly shipped in a barrel of brandy after his death.

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    Henry I of England

    Henry I of England was said to have died of food poisoning after gorging on lampreys, a favorite meal. The circumstances of his death continued to be bizarre afterwards with his corpse reportedly sewn into the hide of a bull for transport back to England from Normandy.

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