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Depeschen mit dem Leitwort The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century

»In the end, this is a surprisingly modern, even topical story that poses difficult questions about capital punishment and what Harrington calls »the human drive toward retribution.« Although Harrington resists moralizing for the most part, many readers will feel an uncomfortable jolt when he notes in a parenthetical aside that one of Schmidt’s torture techniques is »today known as waterboarding.««

Daniel Stashower

In The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century, Joel F. Harrington reveals the inner life of the 16th century executioner Frantz Schmidt. Author Daniel Stashower reviews the book at The Washington Post.