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Hilary Mantel On Beheading
"Beheading, believe it or not, was a privilege reserved usually for the aristocracy, for gentlemen and gentlewomen. Now, I don't want you to get the idea that these were weekly events in Henry's England; it's because beheadings were rare that they made such a terrible impact on the imagination of the close circle around Henry." NPR 11/26/12
Posted November 30, 2012 12:39 AM

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