Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld (The Folio Society, London: 2006)
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Quote of the week (w/e 07 May 2017):
an efficient hangman was expected to cut down the body while it was still alive, open the victim’s belly, pull out his entrails and show them to him before his eyes closed in death.
Previously on this page:
w/e 30 Apr 2017: Gãmini Salgãdo, The Elizabethan Underworld (The Folio Society, London: 2006)
‘As for the behaviour of the [church] congregation, this seemed to have been little different from their behaviour in a playhouse – they drank, spat, heckled the preacher, and swore with little regard to their surroundings. What was important about the Catholic Church seems to have been not so much its official doctrine, but its claims to powerful magic.‘
w/e 23 Apr 2017: Philip Ziegler, The Black Death (The Folio Society, London: 1997)
When ignorant men are overwhelmed by forces totally beyond their control and their understanding it is inevitable that they will search for some explanation within their grasp. When they are frightened and badly hurt then they will seek someone on whom they can be revenged. […] What was needed, therefore, was a suitable target for the indignation of the people, preferably a minority group, easily identifiable, already unpopular, widely scattered and lacking any powerful protector.