History Main / KingOnHisDeathbed

13th Jun '17 11:37:41 PM jormis29
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* ''{{Exalted}}'' has an interesting variation; the Scarlet Empress is merely missing, rather than dying, and speculation among her Dynasty includes factors not only related to the possibility of her confirmed death but also of her potential entirely healthy return (which would include her easily resuming control of the empire's superweapon network).

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has an interesting variation; the Scarlet Empress is merely missing, rather than dying, and speculation among her Dynasty includes factors not only related to the possibility of her confirmed death but also of her potential entirely healthy return (which would include her easily resuming control of the empire's superweapon network).
10th Jan '17 11:47:35 AM dustyham
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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Marcus Aurelius isn't literally on his deathbed, but knows he's old and dying, and so names the hero his heir. This, combined with telling his psychotic son before telling anyone else who could confirm it, leads to him passing the deathbed stage and going straight to [[KilledOffForReal all the way dead]].

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* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', Emperor Marcus Aurelius isn't literally on his deathbed, but knows he's old and dying, and so names the hero his heir. This, combined with telling his [[TheCaligula psychotic son son]] before telling anyone else who could confirm it, leads to him passing the deathbed stage and going straight to [[KilledOffForReal [[TheEvilPrince all the way dead]].


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* When Henry VI of England fell into a catatonic stupor for 16 months in 1453-54, a power struggle broke out between his French wife Margaret of Anjou and his cousin Richard, Duke of York, over control of the government, which sparked an escalating feud even Henry's sudden recovery couldn't quell, effectively creating a SuccessionCrisis while he was still alive that eventually devolved into the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses.
10th Jan '17 10:10:23 AM dustyham
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* When Edward the Confessor died childless in 1066, the throne of England passed to his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, who'd likely been pulling the strings for years. However, Edward also had ties to Duke William of Normandy via his mother and may have promised the throne to William during a falling-out with the Godwinsons. Meanwhile, Harold had recently driven out his brother Tostig, who sought the aid of King Harald Hardrada of Norway who could claim the throne based on his predecessor's deal with Edward the Confessor's predecessor to inherit each other's kingdoms if either died without heirs. In the [[MightMakesRight ensuing war]], Harold Godwinson defeated Harald Hardrada but was defeated at the Battle of Hastings by William, who went on to become William the Conqueror.

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* When Edward the Confessor died childless in 1066, the throne of England passed to his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, who'd likely been pulling the strings for years. However, Edward also had ties to Duke William of Normandy via his Norman mother[[note]](Edward's mother was William's great-aunt.)[[/note]] and may have promised the throne to William during a falling-out with the Godwinsons. Meanwhile, Harold had recently driven out his brother Tostig, who sought the aid of King Harald Hardrada of Norway who could claim the throne based on his predecessor's deal with Edward the Confessor's predecessor to inherit each other's kingdoms if either died without heirs. In the [[MightMakesRight ensuing war]], Harold Godwinson defeated Harald Hardrada but was defeated at the Battle of Hastings by William, who went on to become William the Conqueror.
9th Jan '17 3:01:53 PM dustyham
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* Edward the Confessor.

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* When Edward the Confessor.Confessor died childless in 1066, the throne of England passed to his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson, who'd likely been pulling the strings for years. However, Edward also had ties to Duke William of Normandy via his mother and may have promised the throne to William during a falling-out with the Godwinsons. Meanwhile, Harold had recently driven out his brother Tostig, who sought the aid of King Harald Hardrada of Norway who could claim the throne based on his predecessor's deal with Edward the Confessor's predecessor to inherit each other's kingdoms if either died without heirs. In the [[MightMakesRight ensuing war]], Harold Godwinson defeated Harald Hardrada but was defeated at the Battle of Hastings by William, who went on to become William the Conqueror.
5th Dec '16 2:06:30 PM dustyham
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* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat: The story goes that when asked who rule of his empire would fall to, he responded "tôi kratistôi." ([[AsskickingEqualsAuthority "To the strongest."]] Unfortunately, there was [[SuccessionCrisis severe disagreement to as to who this meant]]. An alternate theory is that he said "To Craterus." Craterus, one of Alexander's generals, was not present, and those who were conveniently misheard. Another version holds that he was unable to speak and thus did not actually give the iconic response, but that he gave his [[PersonalSeals signet ring]] to another general, Perdiccas, which would seem to imply endorsement of his claim to succession.
** The reason there was any question of who would rule was that Alexander had no legitimate heir. But since his wife was pregnant, some of his generals proposed to wait and see if the child would be male (as it turns out, it was), at which point succession would become obvious...with the generals ruling as regents, naturally. Others rejected this because they wouldn't be in on the deal, and thus Alexander's might empire fragmented into warring factions.

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* UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat: The story goes that when asked who rule of his empire would fall to, he responded "tôi kratistôi." ([[AsskickingEqualsAuthority "To the strongest."]] "]]) Unfortunately, there was [[SuccessionCrisis severe disagreement to disagreement]] as to who this meant]]. meant. An alternate theory is that he said "To Craterus." Craterus, Craterus," one of Alexander's generals, his generals who was not present, present and those who were the others conveniently misheard. Another version holds that he was unable to speak and thus did not didn't actually give the iconic response, response at all, but that he gave his [[PersonalSeals signet ring]] to another general, Perdiccas, which would seem to imply implying endorsement of his claim to succession.
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** The reason there was any question of who would rule was that Alexander actually had no legitimate heir. But heirs in his mentally-challenged half brother Arrhidaeus (Philip III) and eventually his infant son Alexander IV (born several months after his death), but since neither could rule for themselves, his wife was pregnant, some of his chancellor Perdiccas became regent. However, Perdiccas' attempts to maintain central authority upset the other self-interested generals proposed to wait and see if the child would be male (as it turns out, it was), at which point succession would become obvious...he was soon killed invading Egypt after Ptolemy absconded with the generals ruling as regents, naturally. Others rejected this because they wouldn't be in on the deal, and thus Alexander's might body, thus destroying central authority and allowing the mighty empire fragmented to [[BalkanizeMe fragment into warring factions.factions]].
16th Oct '16 10:02:09 AM nombretomado
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* ''FinalFantasyTactics'': This situation kicks off the War of The Lions.

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* ''FinalFantasyTactics'': ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'': This situation kicks off the War of The Lions.
15th Sep '16 11:16:40 AM CapriciousConsortium
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* ''Literature/PonniyinSelvan'' : The emperor of the Chola dynasty - Arulmozhivarman's and Aditya Karalikaran's father - is said be suffering from a deteriorating sickness.
4th Sep '16 4:04:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* The deathbed of [[LetatCestMoi King Louis XIII]] is a classic example as the courtiers and his devious brother Gaston of Orléans were wondering whether first minister Cardinal Mazarin would manage to retain his position (in the end, the answer was yes) and who would become the regent during the successor's minority (Louis' widow, Anne of Austria). The deathbed is also well remembered because St. Vincent of Paul was on hand to lend his spiritual support and for the exchange that occurred when the five-year-old Dauphin was brought to see his dying father:

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* The deathbed of [[LetatCestMoi [[UsefulNotes/LetatCestMoi King Louis XIII]] is a classic example as the courtiers and his devious brother Gaston of Orléans were wondering whether first minister Cardinal Mazarin would manage to retain his position (in the end, the answer was yes) and who would become the regent during the successor's minority (Louis' widow, Anne of Austria). The deathbed is also well remembered because St. Vincent of Paul was on hand to lend his spiritual support and for the exchange that occurred when the five-year-old Dauphin was brought to see his dying father:
17th Aug '16 12:00:24 AM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Cordelia's Honor]]'': [[MagnificentBastard The Emperor]] is terminally ill, but still as lucid and conniving as ever. He actually uses his own illness and rumors about it to draw out and counter various attempted power plays, in order to ensure that the Empire will be in good shape for his grandson.

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* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Cordelia's Honor]]'': ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'': [[MagnificentBastard The Emperor]] is terminally ill, but still as lucid and conniving as ever. He actually uses his own illness and rumors about it to draw out and counter various attempted power plays, in order to ensure that the Empire will be in good shape for his grandson.
25th Jul '16 1:17:45 AM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]'': The king falls ill before a successor has been elected. Everyone in the kingdom plots to advance themselves or their candidate, all the while [[spoiler: the ''true'' immortal king of the Weald, at last completes his incredibly complex GambitRoulette to reclaim the hallow kingship]].

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* ''[[Literature/{{Chalion}} The Hallowed Hunt]]'': ''Literature/TheHallowedHunt'': The king falls ill before a successor has been elected. Everyone in the kingdom plots to advance themselves or their candidate, all the while [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the ''true'' immortal king of the Weald, at last completes his incredibly complex GambitRoulette to reclaim the hallow kingship]].
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