Hung, Drawn and Quartered

   This form of execution was used to punish someone for high treason. It was first performed on David, Prince of Wales in 1282 for attacking Hawarden Castle, and last recorded in 1817 in Derby. The poet Shelley witnessed this last execution. The victim is dragged behind a horse throughout the streets on a sled. He is then hanged until half dead (about ten minutes), cut down and disemboweled. His heart and bowels are then burned before him, his head spiked on the city wall, and his body cut into four quarters. The quarters are sent north, south, east and west of the city and buried in unconsecrated ground. See Torture and Ordeals.

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