Tag Archives: Samuel Pepys

Capital Punishment as Entertainment in England, 1649-1868

The King’s head was held up to the crowd. The spectators, some who had watched in approval and some in dismay, were quickly dispersed by officials, but a few sought grisly souvenirs of the event rushing forward to dip their … Continue reading

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The Press Gang: Manning the Royal Navy

Royal Navy warships in the pre 20th century era were vile for the ordinary sailor. This was well known and as a result the navy suffered major recruitment challenges. The governments of the period had no alternative* but to adopt … Continue reading

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