15 Downright Disturbing And Horrifying Medieval Deaths

on Feb, 16 2017 in History 8623 views
The Middle Ages was a pretty foul and disgusting period in history. The streets of medieval London were famously swarming with rats and people just hurled the contents of their chamber pots right out on to the street below them! Famine and disease was widespread and any sense of hygiene or cleanliness went (quite literally) out of the window. All things considered, medieval Europe wouldn’t be too high on your travel wish list if you had a time machine!

But scarier still than their incredibly gross way of life in the middle ages was the overwhelming abundance of death that seemed to occur – and very gruesome deaths at that. To give you an idea of just how messed up some of these historical meetings with the Grim Reaper were, one entry in particular happened to be George R.R. Martin’s inspiration for the ‘Red Wedding’ episode of Game of Thrones. (Yep, a real life ‘red wedding’. That’s what we’re dealing with, folks.)

From accidental impaling and a deadly dance craze to smelling your own flesh burn as you roasted alive, no-one did creepy or grisly quite like the middle ages. Ever wondered why the medieval years were also referred to as the ‘Dark Ages’? They say it’s because historians have so little record of this deranged time period. But we can hazard another guess – it’s because dying doesn’t get much darker than this! Check out our pick of 15 truly disturbing deaths from the medieval period (and don’t blame us if you can’t sleep later).