Today is the sad anniversary of Hugh Despenser’s cruel death at the hands of Isabella of France and Roger Mortimer. 683 years ago, Hugh was ‘tried’ in Hereford, found guilty of treason and many other crimes and sentenced to death by hanging, drawing and quartering. He was dragged to the gallows by four horses, hung from a 50 foot gallows until nearly dead, taken down, castrated, eviscerated and beheaded. His body was then cut into quarters to be displayed in various towns around the realm.
As usual, I shall be visiting his tomb at Tewkesbury Abbey this morning in order to lay a small posy of flowers and light a candle for him.