Maybe it's not so good to be the king

A new study shows that being king gives one a 700 times greater chance of dying a violent death than being an ordinary subject. The research was carried out by Manuel Eisner, professor of comparative and developmental criminology at Cambridge, and a specialist in the study of violent crime.

Eisner, who studied 1,513 European monarchs between 600 and 1800 CE, concludes that the murder rate was "stunningly high." 15 out of 17 kings of Scotland between the 9th and 11th centuries were killed, mainly in dynastic feuds.