Wednesday, June 15, 2005

And so to bed

Pepys has an interesting post up about watching the beheading of a republican (no, not that kind of Republican) for plotting against Charles the first. A teaser:
A very great press of people. He made a long speech, many times interrupted by the Sheriff and others there; and they would have taken his paper out of his hand, but he would not let it go. But they caused all the books of those that writ after him to be given the Sheriff; and the trumpets were brought under the scaffold that he might not be heard. Then he prayed, and so fitted himself, and received the blow; but the scaffold was so crowded that we could not see it done.

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