Killing Kings: Patterns of Regicide in Europe, AD 600–1800

  title={Killing Kings: Patterns of Regicide in Europe, AD 600–1800},
  author={Manuel P. Eisner},
This paper examines the frequency of violent death and regicide amongst 1,513 monarchs in 45 monarchies across Europe between AD 600 and 1800. The analyses reveal that all types of violence combined account for about 22 per cent of all deaths. Murder is by far the most important violent cause of death, accounting for about 15 per cent of all deaths and corresponding to a homicide rate of about 1,000 per 100,000 ruler-years. Analyses of trends over time reveal a significant decline in the… CONTINUE READING