[Milton-L] Fw: Hanged in their coffins (Milton and Bradshaw in DNB)

Stephen B Dobranski sbdobranski at gsu.edu
Mon Mar 5 21:58:31 EST 2012


For more grisly details on Cromwell's execution and specifically the fate of his head, you might also consult the essay by Lorna Clymer, "Cromwell's Head and Milton's Hair: Corpse Theory in Spectacular Bodies of the Interregnum," The Eighteenth Century 40.2 (1999): 91-112.

And you could also look at Regina James, Losing Our Heads: Beheadings in Literature and Culture (New York: New York UP, 2005).

Stephen B. Dobranski


From: Carol Barton <cbartonphd1 at verizon.net<mailto:cbartonphd1 at verizon.net>>
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Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 19:03:06 -0500
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Here's something from The Guardian on the subject. I have much more in my notes, but no time to look for them right now: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/aug/02/cromwell-grave-westminster-abbey
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Actually, John, there are at least three "authentic" heads of Cromwell in England. The one at Cambridge . . . another in Yorkshire . . . and memory fails as to the location of the third.

;)
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Oliver Cromwell's head was not buried until 1960 (that is not a typo). It was buried in a secret location in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge--secret lest some Royalist zealot dig him up again. As T. S. Eliot observed, the Civil War is still being waged.

John Leonard
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I believe the bodies--not the coffins--were hanged at Tyburn (where Marble Arch now stands), Robert--and their heads were impaled on spikes outside Whitehall--but it's been a while and I will have to check for you when I haven't had an incredibly long day. The bodies were exhumed from their stately graves at Westminster Abbey and desecrated to show the Restoration Royalists' contempt for the rebels, who had dared to be make arrangements to be buried with crowned kings and queens.
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Carol:

Do you have any clarification as to the exact procedure of one being hanged in one’s coffin? Was the coffin hung on a gallows? Or was the corpse hung on a gallows?

Thanks in advance for any info.

Robert

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