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The Executioner's Song

Staatsarchive Nürnberg

A Nuremberg court notary drew this image of Frantz Schmidt at work.
April 08, 2013

One of the pleasures of reading history is to be transported somewhere, even if we aren't sure we want to go.

A public execution, for example.

The scene that opens Joel F. Harrington's new book is of an impatient crowd in 1617 Nuremberg that waited…

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