The Executioner Always Chops Twice

Ghastly Blunders on the Scaffold

Geoffrey Abbott

St. Martin's Press

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A morbidly fascinating mixture of bungled executions ,strange last requests, and classic final one-liners from medieval times to the present day.

Sometimes it's hard to be an executioner, trying to keep someone from popping up to make a quip when they should have spectacularly sunk without a trace. Or to be told that the condemned to the guillotine won't have a last drink for fear of "completely losing his head." The business of death can be absurd, and nothing illustrates this better than these tales of the gruesome and frankly ridiculous ways in which a number of ill-fated unfortunates met (or failed to meet) their maker.

Did you know:
When Sir Thomas More was ordered to position his head on the block, he said "though you have warrant to cut off my head, you have none to cut off my beard?"

When the guillotine took three strokes to sever the neck of Isabeau Herman, the mob attempted to stone the executioner to death for cruelty?

After the English hanged the pirate Captain Kidd they chained his body to a stake on the Thames River as a warning to seafarers?

From the strange to the gruesome, from the weird to the completely unbelievable, The Executioner Always Chops Twice is popular history at its best: witty, lively, and wonderfully bizarre.

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Geoffrey Abbott

Geoffrey Abbott served for many years as a Yeoman Warder at the Tower of London. Author of sixteen books and contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica, he has made numerous television appearances. He lives in London.

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The Executioner Always Chops Twice
Ghastly Blunders on the Scaffold
Geoffrey Abbott

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St. Martin's Press
April 2004
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312325633
ISBN10: 0312325630
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages, Includes b&w illustrations throughout
$19.95

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St. Martin's Press
April 2004
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ISBN: 9781466838147
ISBN10: 1466838140
240 pages, Includes b&w illustrations throughout
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