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Diary of a Hangman

Diary of a Hangman

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If you're expecting a diary of a traditional sort, where hopes and dreams are discussed, look elsewhere. An incredible classic, A Hangman's Diary is more than a history lesson; it shows the true anarchy that inhabited our world only a few hundred years ago. In Keller's words, Schmidt only records "cases where life and limb actually suffered" making this "Diary a veritable book of blood" (93). While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Originally published more than eighty years ago, A Hangmans Diary gives a year-by-year breakdown on all of Master Schmidts executions, which include hangings, beheadings, and other methods of murder, as well as explanations of each crime and the reason for the punishment. The first half is a historical background on execution and torture in medieval Nuremberg and it dispels myths and legends about the era. He first participated in an execution in Newcastle in December 1901, as assistant to William Billington.Hans Peyhel, of Forchheim, who committed three murders with his companion; beheaded with the sword at Forchheim and exposed on the wheel. Hans Horn of Korenburg and Wolf Bauer of Rollhofen, alias Schnöllgatter, two thieves, George Wigliss, alias Habersack of Auerbach, a murderer, who with his companion committed three murders.

This amount includes seller specified domestic postage charges as well as applicable international postage, dispatch, and other fees. Instead we got more of a log book of each prisoner he had to execute, the manner in how he did it, and sometimes the list of their crimes. This was definitely a diary that he used to keep track of those that he executed and how they were executed. They shot the miller dead, did violence to the miller’s wife and the maid, obliged them to fry some eggs in fat and laid these on the dead miller’s body, then forced the miller’s wife to join in eating them. It's just him counting how much people he kills by year, the crime they've commited and the punishment.Someone who's killed more people we can imagine in the name of justice, who even made suggestions to change the system to make it less cruel to certain crimes. Ulrich Gerstenacker, of Class-berg, who drove out with his brother to the wood and slew and murdered him with premeditation, giving out afterwards that the sledge with the wood had fallen on him and killed him—brought in here from Betzenstein and beheaded with the sword, then exposed upon the wheel. First he shot a horse-soldier; secondly he cut open a pregnant woman alive, in whom was a dead child; thirdly he again cut open a pregnant woman in whom was a female child; fourthly he once more cut open a pregnant woman in whom were two male children.

It caused me to wonder if human nature is present in this text as it is today, and maybe it's just the crimes and executions that have changed some. A Hangman's Diary is not only a collection of detailed writings by Schmidt about his work, but also an account of criminal procedure in Germany during the Middle Ages. Görgla von Sunberg said they had committed a great sin and that he would take the infants to a priest to be baptized, but Phila said he would himself be priest and baptize them, so he took them by the legs and dashed them to the ground.Sometimes difficult to get through because of repetitiveness, and some sections seem to drag on, due to perhaps Meister Schmidt's particular feelings on a specific execution or torture. Christoff Hauck, alias the Fiddling Cobbler, from Neuenstadt on the Aysch, a shoemaker by trade, also a fiddler and drummer and a great thief; he also played the jester at the town festivals; hanged at Nuremberg; took leave of the world as a Christian. W. Gruner have put together a masterful tome that sets the scene of execution day and puts you in Master Franz Schmidt’s shoes as he does his duty for his country. Some entries go straight to the point (one of the most common entries being "a thief hanged") and others much longer like entry 237 concerning a privy councillor named Nicholas von Gilgen. Henssla Humbsen of Lambretzhoffen, alias Adam; Merdta Herdegen of Schwabach, alias Henna and Stürer Merta; George Hiss of Sultzbach, alias Hegelregler or Sultz-Kürchner; three thieves and robbers, who attacked people by night in their houses and in lonely farms, bound them, tortured them and did violence to them, robbing them of money and clothes.

A Hangman’s Diary is not only a collection of detailed writings by Schmidt about his work, but also an account of criminal procedure in Germany during the Middle Ages. A Hangmans Diary is not only a collection of detailed writings by Schmidt about his work, but also an account of criminal procedure in Germany during the Middle Ages. It's interesting to know how things like this were dealt with in the past and in other countries, and how much we've changed and improved. I dont fully know what I was expecting from this book but it certainly wasn't this, it failed to bring to life the diary of the hangman and just really went through the number of executions and methods. On the 23rd of August [of 1593] Margaret Stainla of Offenhausen, otherwise known as the Spilkundl, who had broken the Ban eight times, had her fingers cut off.A Hangman's Diary is not only a collection of detailed writings by Schmidt about his work but also an account of criminal procedure in Germany during the Middle Ages. This has nothing to do with what I usually read, but someone mentioned it on a post and I got curious. An unusual and fascinating classic of crime and punishment, A Hangman's Diary is more than a history lesson; it shows the true anarchy that inhabited our world only a few hundred years ago. An unusual and fascinating classic of crime and punishment, A Hangman’s Diary is more than a history lesson; it shows the true anarchy that inhabited our world only a few hundred years ago.



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