Friday, January 28, 2011

A Lonely Job at the Top

From the Times of London...

A researcher has looked back on the lives of more than 1,500 European kings and queens and found that more than 20 per cent died a violent death.
That is four times more likely than a soldier in a war zone and 200 times more likely than those living in Cuidad Juarez – the Mexican city with the highest murder rate in the world.
Professor Manuel Eisner, a criminologist at Cambridge University, found that the biggest cause of death was rivals taking the throne, followed by battles with neighbouring monarchs and revenge.
A few kings and queens were killed by random members of the public who had a grievance with authority.

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