Hung in Chains: A Late Saxon Execution Cemetery at Oliver's Battery, Winchester
Another shall swing on the wide gallows, hang dead, until the casket of his soul, his bleeding body, is rent to pieces. There the raven takes the eyes from his head, the dark-coated birds tear at the corpse; nor can he ward off with his hands the outrage of the hateful flying foe: his life is gone, and he, without feeling, and past the hope of life, pale on the gallows tree endures his fate, enveloped in the mist of death: his name is accursed (The Fortunes of Men from The Exeter Book (late 10th century) (Mackie 1934, 29).
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2016
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