How many British monarchs have been murdered?


Including Scottish monarchy, a total of 17 monarchs in the British Isles have been murdered, assassinated or executed away from the battlefield, making it a very dangerous job indeed. Perhaps the most famous of these is Edward II who was supposedly murdered in Berkely castle when a red hot poker was inserted into his anus.

This number could be raised to 19 if we also count Richard II who was placed in Pontefract Castle and most likely murdered there, and Edward V, one of the Princes in the Tower who were suspected of being smothered to death. There are also question marks hanging over the death of William II, Rufus, who was killed by an arrow whilst hunting in the New Forest, the exact same location his nephew was killed three months previously. The only person with him, William Tyrell, fled abroad after the incident. But the king was so universally loathed that there was no further enquiries concerning his death and he was buried without any ceremony.

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