The real life Horrible Histories
A new book, The Tudor Murder Files, reveals the 16th-century’s most shocking homicides including real-life murder mysteries worthy of Agatha Christie.
Here we reveal six cases that rocked Tudor society and chart some of the brutal punishments that convicted killers could face…
Boiled alive on on the orders of Henry VIII As Richard Roose was lowered into a boiling cauldron at Smithfield, London, on April 5, 1531, he “roared mighty loud” before perishing in agony.
The gruesome punishment came after he’d been summarily found guilty of having tried to poison John Fisher, the Bishop of... read more