The sentence of hanging, drawing, and quartering punished the guilty traitor via his body. Although gruesome and cruel by today’s standards, the practice was a logical legal mechanism that reflected complex conceptual understandings of the time. It magnified and inverted the crime perpetrated on the integrity of the king by mutilating and completely destroying the physical body of the traitor. Various steps involved in the penalty worked to stamp the authority of the monarch on the criminal and to purge the threat by marking the dishonour of the condemned. Central to this punishment was the understanding that the physical body and individual were inextricably intertwined even immediately after death. Therefore, it followed that the penalty should operate by targeting the body.
- Maeve Jones
the practice was a logical legal mechanism that reflected complex conceptual understandings of the time.
I have rarely heard such complete utter bullshit. Some people unfortunately are educated way beyond their intellectual capacities and come up with a shitload of crap in the name of education, bad image on McGill or just twisted usual human nature?
To associate the words logical and complex and conceptual to something that was primarily feral, Barbarian, cruel and misguided is just beyond words. For it was not only a “good” king that could order such atrocities but also a “bad”, “ugly”, “evil” king for purposes as dark as his evil heart could imagine. It was nothing short at times than a tyrannic bully expressing his tyranny very violently to put fear into all his other subjects in case they were tiring of his bullying antics.
So puhlease spare me the logical, complex concept and put your head back up your ass where it was so we have peace and silence again at last.
We still have way too much conceptual logical complex napalm and friendly fire and collateral damage, genocides and all sort of other atrocities going on on this supposedly civilised planet: Monkeys with guns trying to talk shit to explain the sanguinary huge fucking mess. Spare me your sanctimonious bullshit and call a spade a spade.