The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1756 Monday, 18 October 1999.
From: Sean Lawrence <
Date: Friday, 15 Oct 1999 09:15:57 -0700
Subject: Pride and Beheading
I'm sure I ran across, at some point, a note by a foreign traveler to
the effect that that the English peerage were proud of forebears who had
been beheaded. I believe that the logic was that since only traitors
were beheaded, it was a sign that one's ancestors had been powerful
enough to challenge the king. Does anyone know where I could find a
reference to this?
Thank you all in advance,