The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honour

    The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honour

    and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century

    Joel F Harrington

    Bodley Head 2013

    Hardback 317pp Illustrated

    9781847922120   Product Code: 21412

    When Frantz Schmidt died 1634, he was running a large medical practice, having retired from his long career as Nuremberg's executioner and torturer. We know much about his life because of the diary in which, for more than 45 years, he recorded details of each execution. Harrington uses this and other documents to examine how Schmidt reconciled his violent work with his belief in forgiveness and redemption, his interest in healing and his quest to regain his family's respectability.

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