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History of Executions

10 Questions

  1. Three queens have been executed in the Tower of London - can you name them?
  2. In 1712 Jane Wenham became the last woman to be condemned for which crime in England?
  3. The last time France carried out an execution by guillotine was in which decade?
  4. Who was the last person hanged for High Treason in the United Kingdom? (Hint: it was on the 3rd of January, 1946)

  5. Can you name the only English king to be executed in England?
  6. Whose beheading in 1587 took three blows of the axe?
  7. What was the name of the last woman to be hanged in the United Kingdom?
  8. On January 30, 1606, to avoid being hung, drawn, and quartered, who jumped from the ladder to the hanging platform and broke his neck, dying instantly?
  9. In the New Testament, what did Salome, the daughter of Herod II demand?
  10. What was the last name of Jack, an infamous English executioner employed by King Charles II? And what was the first name of Mr. Pierrepoint, an English hangman whose 25-year career ended in 1956?


  1. Anne Boleyn (1536), Catherine Howard (1542) and Lady Jane Grey (1554)
  2. Witchcraft
  3. 1970s (1977)
  4. William Joyce, better known as "Lord Haw Haw"
  5. King Charles I (in 1649)
  6. Mary, Queen of Scots
  7. Ruth Ellis (in 1955)
  8. Guy Fawkes

  9. The head of John the Baptist
  10. Ketch (Jack Ketch) and Albert (Albert Pierrepoint)

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