|Lady Margaret Pole, 8th Countess of Salisbury|
And so, the entire family was arrested when Cardinal Pole had managed to escape to Rome. Lady Margaret Pole was 72 years old when she was taken to the Tower which made the entire situation absurd even to the courtiers of the day. The elderly Lady was sentenced to death and on May 27th 1541 she was taken out to the place of her execution where 150 spectators were waiting to oversee the execution.
But when the executioner asked her to kneel, she simply said: "So should traitors do and I am none." The Lady was held down by a couple of guards but when the executioner - shocked no doubt - swung his axe he missed her neck and hit her shoulder instead. She ran down from the scaffold in hysteria with the executioner running behind her. He hacked at her eleven more times until she died.
That was the way Lady Margaret Pole died and ever since her ghost has been seen re-enacting the horrible execution over and over again - still being chased by the ghost of her executioner.