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A traitor's death? The identity of a drawn, hanged and quartered man from Hulton Abbey, Staffordshire

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Lewis, M. E. (2008) A traitor's death? The identity of a drawn, hanged and quartered man from Hulton Abbey, Staffordshire. Antiquity, 82 (315). pp. 113-124. ISSN 0003-598X

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Abstract/Summary

Analysis of a set of bones redeposited in a medieval abbey graveyard showed that the individual had been beheaded and chopped up, and this in turn suggested one of England's more gruesome I execution practices. Since quartering was generally reserved for the infamous, the author attempts to track down the victim and proposes him to be Hugh Despenser, the lover of King Edward II.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Scientific Archaeology
ID Code:3748
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hulton Abbey execution quartering perimortem trauma Hugh Despenser the Younger Edward II LATE-MEDIEVAL EUROPE ENGLAND LIFE
Publisher:Antiquity Publications

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