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Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered

This particular form of capital punishment was used in England, from the 13th century to 1817, though it was legally on the books from 1351 to 1870.

It was used for men convicted of high treason.(Women were burnt at the stake, and nobles often, but not always, had their sentences commuted to beheading.)

The punishment consisted of being drawn by a horse to the place of execution -- depending on the severity desired, the prisoner would have been tied to a hurdle or simply dragged through the streets. Having arrived at the place of execution, the prisoner was hung by the neck until nearly, but not entirely, dead. After that, he would be emasculated and disembowelled -- his genitalia and then entrails would usually be burnt in front of him. He would then be beheaded. After that, his body would be cut into four pieces.

His head would be spiked on a pole, and exhibited to the public, and the four quarters of his body sent to different pieces of the country.

The Welshman Dafydd ap Gruffydd was the first nobleman to be hanged, drawn and quartered, in 1283. Other notable victims of this method of execution include Hugh Despencer the Younger; William Wallace; Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham; Thomas Pilchard; William Dean; Thomas Harrison; Oliver Plunkett, the archbishop of Armagh.,_drawn_and_quartered

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