Another  cruel and unusual punishment (Charles Wriothesley, 1553)

Re-enactment of ear-nailing in colonial America

Charles Wriothesley (see also March 18th posting) wrote in his “Chronicle of England during the Reigns of the Tudors …”  that on this day in 1553:

“John Daye, parson of St Alborow [presumably, St Ethelburga] within Bishopsgate, was set on the pillory in Cheape, and had one of his ears nailed, for seditious words speaking of the Queen’s Highness.  And also a surgeon by Paul’s was likewise set on the pillory with him, and had one of his ears nailed also for seditious words speaking of the preacher at the sermon at Paul’s Cross on Sunday the 13 of August.  And when they had stood on the pillory 3 houres the nails were pulled out with a pair of pincers … ”.

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