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The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century

Description: THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF A RENAISSANCE-ERA EXECUTIONER AND HIS WORLD, BASED ON A RARE AND OVERLOOKED JOURNAL.In a dusty German bookshop, the noted historian Joel F. Harrington stumbled upon a remarkable document: the journal of a sixteenth-century executioner. The journal gave an account of the 394 people Meister Frantz Schmidt executed, and the hundreds more he tortured, flogged, or disfigured for more than forty-five years in the city of Nuremberg. But the portrait of Schmidt that gradually emerged was not that of a monster. Could a man who practiced such cruelty also be insightful, compassionate--even progressive?In The Fai ... (more)
Manufacturer: Picador
Release date: 31 December 2013
ISBN-10 : 1250043611 | ISBN-13: 9781250043610
Tags: Biography (1), History (1), Europe (1), Germany (1), Journals (1), Renaissance (1), 1500s (1), Executions (1), Page-A-Day2015 (1)
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