Lady Despenser's Scribery - Introduction
- This small corner of the web concentrates mainly on the life and times of Hugh Despenser the younger, as well as the reign of Edward II and the fourteenth century in general. It contains snippets of some (though certainly not all) of the research I have done in order to write a novel about him (and hopefully, later, a biography as well). Oh yes, some 21st century stuff sneaks its way in too, from time to time!
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Anniversary of Hugh's Execution
Today is the sad anniversary of Hugh Despenser's cruel death at the hands of Isabella of France and Roger Mortimer. 683 years ago, Hugh was 'tried' in Hereford, found guilty of treason and many other crimes and sentenced to death by hanging, drawing and quartering. He was dragged to the gallows by four horses, hung from a 50 foot gallows until nearly dead, taken down, castrated, eviscerated and beheaded. His body was then cut into quarters to be displayed in various towns around the realm.
As usual, I shall be visiting his tomb at Tewkesbury Abbey this morning in order to lay a small posy of flowers and light a candle for him.
About his trial
About his execution
About how terrible execution by hanging, drawing and quartering was