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London Bridge in Shakespearean London – “Shakespeare” – Bill Bryson

May 4th, 2012 · No Comments · Crime, History, Human Rights, The Law

By long tradition, at the Southwark end of (London) bridge the heads of serious criminals, especially traitors, were displayed on poles, each serving as a kind of odd and grisly bird-feeder. (The rest of the bodies were hung aabove the entrance gates to the city, or distributed to other cities across the realm.) There were so many heads, indeed, that it was necessary to employ a Keeper of the Heads.

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