Thursday, 27 June 2013

Killing a Lawyer

Thomas Flamank was a lawyer who became a prominent figure in the Cornish Rebellion of 1497 when the people rose up against Henry VII's continuous demand for tax money. However, the rebellion was struck down and Thomas Flamank was captured on the battlefield. From there he was led to London in chains on June 26, 1497. He was condemned to die the next day.
As a commoner, Thomas Flamank could not expect a swift beheading. The original sentence was that he was to be hanged, drawn and quartered but some sources claim that the King changed the sentence to hanging - the body would be quartered after Flamank's death. Whether or not the sentence was altered is not entirely certain but Flamank's head still ended on a spike on London Bridge.

A statue of Thomas Flamank
and another Cornish rebel

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