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Executioners and such (was: An historical question)
On Wed, 15 Feb 1995, Mike.Andrews wrote:
> Didn't Henry VIII make special arrangements for a French headsman
> to cross the Channel and use a sword, rather than an axe, to
> behead Ann Boleyn?
I haven't heard that, but it would show how much he loved her - I mean
importing an executioner when any one of the locals would have done just
On a semi serious note now, I had always heard the rumors of "Three chop
Harry," who never managed to behead anyone with less than three strokes
of the axe. Amazingly enough, he was a real period person according to
the yoemen at the Tower of London.