It was on this day that a Welsh squire, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd Fychan, was gruesomely executed for thwarting the efforts of King Henry IV’s forces to squelch Welsh resistance to English rule.
First, the man’s stomach was cut out and cooked in front of him. Then, he was hanged, drawn and quartered.
The torturous execution took several hours before he succumbed to death. Then, a grisly postscript: his salted remains were sent to other Welsh towns to deter Welshmen from opposing the king.
Excecuted Today has background on the Owain Glydwyr rebellion and how one welsh squire lead Henry IV on a long wild goose chase. Also, although we know the date of Llywelyn’s execution, no one knows what happened to Owain Glydwyr. Never captured and never betrayed, he just… disappeared. Isn’t that cool?
[My housemate’s a celticist. The conviction that the Welsh are pretty cool seems to be contagious.]