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clicking on the buttons to the left. Eventually the eyes would pop out, skull would crack and the neck would break. Their hand was then bandaged. Impalement, as the name suggests, Medieval impalement meant to be impaled (or stuck through) a large sharp object, such as a metal spear or pole and left to die. Because of this, beheadings were often reserved for nobles, knights even royalty.
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If a woman did something unwomanly most often this entailed being a "scold" who told off her husband and caused problems by spreading gossip she'd be strapped in a chair at the end of a pole, and summarily dropped into the nearest stream or peatedly. For more information on can They Be Reconciled? counter-intuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see Anthony Esolens The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization 2008. On some occasions they were taken down just before their death and quartered (cut into four pieces) so that the pain would kill them, a most cruel way to die. If they floated they were guilty but if they sank they were innocent. Images: Wikimedia Commons, Bodleian Library.