Friday, March 11, 2016

An Executioner's Diary


I don't know why, but this just screams "Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay" to me: Franz Schmidt, an executioner working in the so-called Holy Roman Empire (Germany) in the late 1500s/early 1600s kept a diary. The family just stumbled into the line of work, apparently, and Franz was essentially raised by his father to mete out punishments for a living. There's a slim Wikipedia article about him right here, and you can actually buy his diary and read it. Probably makes for some dark bedtime reading.

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