2 November 2009 03:30
The penalty for high treason in England, to be hanged, drawn and quartered was a common occurrence during medieval times. Although it was abolished in 1814, this form of execution was responsible for hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of deaths.
First, the victim is dragged on a wooden frame, called a hurdle, to the place of the execution.
Second, the victim is hanged by the neck for a short period of time until nearly dead (hanged).
Third, the disembowelment and castration occur, where afterward, the entrails and genitalia are burned in front of the victim (drawn).
Finally, the body is divided into four separate parts and beheaded (quartered).
Can you imagine your own stomach and balls being cut and burned in front of you?
If you want a good example of this scene, watch the end of the movie Braveheart.