TIL in 882 Louis III of France mounted his horse in pursuit of a girl who was running to seek refuge in her father’s house. He then rode through a low door, hit his head on the lintel and fractured his skull. He died childless. He is one of two French kings to die from hitting a door lintel.

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Reminds a little of another ignoble death, that of Scotland’s James I. He crawled through a sewer tunnel of a castle after hearing assassins coming for him, but found his exit blocked. He’d forgotten that a few days before he had them block the exit of the tunnel because he kept getting his tennis balls lost in there.


If I had a nickel for every French king who died from hitting their head on a lintel, I’d have two nickels, which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it happened twice.


*dad nervously looking away when the king police taking his statement*: ‘yeah so, I was sleeping at my neighbors house when i heard him run his own head into the door.. repeatedly.’


DM: “You can’t ride your horse into buildings.” Cavalier: I said I charge with my lance into the tavern.” DM: “Fine. You hit the door. Now make a new characters who is wiser. Or at least smaller.”


sounds to me like some douchebag rapist got his karma check cashed.