Great Game Previews In History: 30 January 2014

by J.R.

Today In History

743px-Execution_of_Cromwell,_Bradshaw_and_Ireton,_1661On January 30, 1661 — two years after his death and 12 years after the execution of Charles I — Oliver Cromwell was exhumed from Westminster Abbey and he was executed even though he was dead:

…the shrouded bodies in open coffins were dragged on a sledge through the streets of London to the gallows, where each body was hanged in full public view until around four o’clock that afternoon. After being taken down, Cromwell’s head was severed with eight blows, placed on a wooden spike on a 20-foot (6.1 m) pole, and raised above Westminster Hall.

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