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The Newes July 6th 1665. This is fantastic. It's a newspaper from 1665 published 'concerning the infection of the plague of 1665'. it discusses such things as 'to every infected house be appointed 2 watchmen, one for day and one for night, and that these watchmen must let no one in or out' and all bedding of the sick and infected be well aired with fire and be done by appointment of the examiner' 'That the burial of the dead before sun rising or after setting and that no neighbours or frie
This is an amazing document. Written by the 'Ordinary' of Newgate and detailing the behaviour, confessions and dying words of the MALEFACTORS executed at Tyburn on 6th october 1733. 9 Men and 1 woman were tried and found guilty of capital offences, a number of which were for theft and one in particular, Anne Soames who stole '4 gold rings, 4 handekerchiefs, 4 pairs of ruffles and a pair of stays'! This makes for very interesting although macabre reading and these booklets were created
Rogues and vagabonds are often stocked and whipped; scolds are ducked upon cucking-stools in the water. Such felons as stand mute, and speak not at their arraignment, are pressed to death by huge weights laid upon a board, that lieth over their breast, and a sharp stone under their backs; and these commonly held their peace, thereby to save their goods unto their wives and children, which, if they were condemned, should be confiscated to the prince
Sometimes, if the trespass be not the more heinous, they are suffered to hang till they be quite dead. And whensoever any of the nobility are convicted of high treason by their peers, that is to say, equals (for an inquest of yeomen passeth not upon them, but only of the lords of parliament), this manner of their death is converted into the loss of their heads only, notwithstanding that the sentence do run after the former order
The greatest and most grievous punishment used in England for such as offend against the State is drawing from the prison to the place of execution upon an hurdle or sled, where they are hanged till they be half dead, and then taken down, and quartered alive; after that, their members and bowels are cut from their bodies, and thrown into a fire, provided near hand and within their own sight, even for the same purpose.
Elizabethan Calendar The rhythm of the Elizabethan's life was the rhythm of the seasons. The turning of the seasons governed how he worked and how and when he played. ImageThe Elizabethan did not concern himself much with the exact date. He looked upon the year as a series of seasons, and his signposts were the feast days. If he talked about something that happened on July 27th, he would say it occurred "two days past Lammastide".