Hanged, drawn and quartered  

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To be hanged, drawn, and quartered was the penalty once ordained in England for high treason. It is considered by many to be the epitome of "cruel" punishment, and was reserved for treason as this crime was deemed more heinous than murder and other capital offences. It was only applied to male criminals. Women found guilty of treason in England were burnt at the stake, a punishment abolished in 1790.



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