Hanging, drawing and quartering

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Hanging, drawing and quartering was imposed by English law on men who were convicted of High Treason. The punishment consisted of being hanged by the neck and taken down alive. Then the victim's genitals were cut off and his bowels cut out and burned while he was still alive. Finally he was beheaded and his body cut into four parts.

In 1305, William Wallace suffered the punishment. In the 1500s, a total of 105 Catholic martyrs were hanged, drawn and quartered in London for failing to conform to Protestantism.[1] After the 1745 rebellion in Scotland the punishment was inflicted on many of the rebels. Many Irish rebels also suffered the punishment.[2] The punishment remained on the British statute books until 1870.

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