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A Hangman's Diary: The Journal of Master Franz Schmidt, Public Executioner of Nuremberg, 1573-1617

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From 1573 to 1617, Master Franz Schmidt was the executioner for the towns of Bamberg and Nuremberg. During that span, he personally executed more than 350 people while keeping a journal throughout his career.

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. With analysis and explanation, editor Albrecht Keller and translators C. Calvert and A. W. Gruner have put together a masterful tome that sets the scene of execution day and puts you in Master Franz Schmidts shoes as he does his duty for his country.

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. An incredible classic, A Hangmans 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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Master Franz Schmidt (1555–1634) was an executioner in Nuremberg. Starting the profession at age eighteen (under the supervision of his father), he performed more than 350 executions during his forty-five years of service.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781629144801
Author:
Schmidt, Franz
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
World History-Germany
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20150131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in

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History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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