The business of death can be seriously absurd, and nothing illustrates this better than these gruesome true tales. This gory compendium details the frankly ridiculous ways in which a number of ill-fated unfortunates met (or failed to meet) their maker at the hands of lamentably inept executioners. With black and white illustrations, this book brings together a mixture of bungled executions, strange last requests and classic one-liners from medieval times to the present day.
Geoffrey Abbott served for many years as a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) at the Tower of London. Author of 16 books and contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, he has made numerous television appearances.