The German executioner Meister Frantz Schmidt kept a fascinating journal of all the executions, torture and punishments he administered between 1573 and 1618.
In this episode of Not Just the Tudors - originally released in June 2021 - Suzannah Lipscomb is joined by Joel Harrington to talk about Schmidt and further explore public capital punishment in the 16th century, described by historians as the "spectacle of suffering."
*WARNING! This episode contains graphic descriptions of punishments.*
The Senior Producer was Elena Guthrie. It was edited and produced by Rob Weinberg.
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