The Faithful Executioner

The Faithful Executioner

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Based on the rare and until now overlooked journal of a Renaissance-era executioner, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington's The Faithful Executioner takes us deep inside the alien world and thinking of Meister Frantz Schmidt of Nuremberg, who, during forty-five years as a professional executioner, personally put to death 394 individuals and tortured, flogged,or disfigured many hundreds more. But the picture that emerges of Schmidt from his personal papers is not that of a monster. Could a man who routinely practiced such cruelty also be insightful, compassionate - even progressive?

ISBN: 9781250043610

Published Date: December 31, 2014

Publisher: Picador

Language: English

Page Count: 283

Size: 8.22" l x 5.37" w x 0.92" h