07 November 2008
Reconsidering Henry Garnet
This 17th century book describes the execution of Henry Garnet. Its special provenance is that the book cover was allegedly made from the dead man's skin.
This week the BBC reports that new questions are being made regarding the guilt of Henry Garnet, the Jesuit priest who was hung, drawn and quartered, and had his head parboiled and exhibited on London Bridge for alleged participation in the Gunpowder Plot.
See the primary article for discussion re Garnet's culpability or lack thereof. I find it interesting that even though he was summarily judged (15 minutes jury deliberation for the guilty verdict), at the time of his execution, the crowd had a "change of heart" and surged forward to pull on his legs while he was hanging [to assure his asphyxiation], so that he would not be conscious at the time of drawing and quartering.