This Medieval Death Bot Shares the Odd Ways People Used to Die
Medieval life was never easy. Between all those plagues and deadly animal bites, it's a miracle anyone survived to adulthood. But a Twitter bot called Medieval Death Bot has taken a lighthearted approach to the despair of our Middle Ages ancestors by tweeting out some of the weirder deaths that befell them. This includes sneaking out after curfew and getting shot in the eye with an arrow, being thrown from a boat called Dongbot, and drunkenly falling onto a knife.
There's also a companion blog that goes into greater detail about the deaths on Tumblr.
Here's a selection of grim deaths that have aged beautifully in the more than 600 years since they occurred.
John de Snowdoune, died 1344, shot in the eye with an arrow by night long after curfew
— Medieval Death Bot (@DeathMedieval) May 13, 2017
John de Thorpe, drowned in 1322 when thrown in tempestuous waters from his boat, the “Dongbot”
— Medieval Death Bot (@DeathMedieval) May 4, 2017
John de Osgodeby, died 1303, murdered by clerks
— Medieval Death Bot (@DeathMedieval) April 28, 2017
Robert de Honiton, died 1301. On New Year’s Eve he went up the tower of St. Michael’s to help ring the bells and fell through a trap door
— Medieval Death Bot (@DeathMedieval) April 5, 2017
Henry de Stodley, died 1346, being very drunk, stumbled into his chamber and fell upon a bare knife, which cut his throat
— Medieval Death Bot (@DeathMedieval) February 7, 2017
John Cobbler, killed by William of Wellington’s clerk, John, who refused to pay for a candle. He struck the brains from his skull instead
— Medieval Death Bot (@DeathMedieval) April 6, 2017