Sir Hugh Spencer (Hugh Le Despenser) fastened to a ladder and disembowled alive in Hereford while a crowd of spectators gathers around a fire below the ladders. Coloured lithograph.
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"Despenser was taken to Hereford. Outside the city he was stripped and then reclothed with his arms reversed, and he was crowned with stinging nettles. Condemned to death as a traitor, on 24 November 1326 he was drawn on a hurdle to the gallows, and then hanged from a height of 50 feet. Still alive, he was cut down and eviscerated before finally being beheaded. His head was displayed on London Bridge; his quarters were sent to Bristol, Dover, York, and Newcastle.'"--Oxford dictionary of national biography