May 7, 2010
Does anyone know when beheading became the means of exection in England? I know Romans beheaded people (or crucified them sometimes – both pretty gruesome really) and I believe cutting off the heads of the enemy was the ‘norm’ for some Germanic tribes way way back but I was trying to find out when beheading became the preferred (???) means of getting rid of someone in our history.
Why was is the favoured means? Later we moved over to hanging so why the change? Just really interested in any information anyone has on the subject. Was beheading only used when something along the lines of treason was involved or could Joe Bloggs who killed Jimmy Bloggs be beheaded?
Any info gratefully received.
Let us show them that they are hares and foxes trying to rule over dogs and wolves - Boudica addressing the tribes Circa AD60
January 3, 2012
I think beheading was used Maggie (Great to see you back by the way) for the nobility because it was the closest and as daft as it sounds as to be killed in battle.
It’s possible it was used by the Nordic tribes, when they conqurored Britain it was quick and simple and saved a lot of flapping about. Gengis Khan and the ancient Egyptians used it as well.
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