Quick Fact: Sigurd Eysteinsson, Earl of Orkney, was killed by the severed…


Sigurd Eysteinsson, Earl of Orkney, was killed by the severed head of one his enemies, Máel Brigte. Sigurd strapped Máel Brigte’s head to his saddle as a trophy of conquest, and as he rode, Máel Brigte’s teeth grazed against Sigurd’s leg. The wound became infected and Sigurd died.. Ref: stephenliddell.co.uk/2014/03/08/bitten-to-death-by-a-dead-mans-head-the-unfortunate-deserving-true-tale-of-sigurd-eysteinsson/

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