The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0540 Wednesday, 19 March 2003
Date: Tuesday, 18 Mar 2003 18:44:55 +0000
Subject: 14.0526 Re: Public Executions: Hang, Drawn, and
Comment: Re: SHK 14.0526 Re: Public Executions: Hang, Drawn, and
As a corollary to discussion of the 16thC execution of traitors, the
High School teacher may like to know that there was a ceremony called
'the Degradation of the Garter' for those convicted of treason, such as
the Duke of Norfolk (ex. 1572), who had been awarded the Order.
The Garter ceremonies take place in St George's, Windsor, and the Garter
and robes of the traitor were 'degraded' by being rolled in the mud and
kicked down St George's Hill.
Although this cannot, of course, compare with the actual execution, the
humiliation of the knowledge that this was done would have been great in
an age when such things were of importance.
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