Serious Wino

You may love wine, but do you love it enough to die by it? Apparently George, Duke of Clarence, did: he allegedly chose to be executed by being drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine at the Tower of London on February 18, 1478.

Your mileage may vary as to whether this is the greatest or the worst way to die, but the thing is, he wouldn’t have been executed at all if he hadn’t been stupid enough to plot against his older brother, Edward IV. Twice. That officially makes him a member of the Idiot Brigade.

Although he’d supported his brother’s claim to the throne, after Edward became king and showered George with land and titles, George got bored and started plotting with his father-in-law, the Earl of Warwick, and the fierce deposed queen Margaret of Anjou to restore the former King Henry VI to the throne. The plot failed, Warwick died, and the extremely forgiving King Edward welcomed his brother back into the family.

It wasn’t long before George was acting like an idiot again, feuding with his younger brother, Richard (who was also his brother-in-law, being married to George’s wife’s younger sister). The much cleverer Richard won out in the end, and George’s endless plotting got him sent to the Tower, where he was privately executed.

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