I've found another ancestor who was hung, drawn and quartered...though he was related through marriage rather than blood but it was still a horrible way to die...
His name was Sir Bartholomew Badlesmere...1275-14 April 1322...it's thought he was related to George W.Bush as well as Prince Charles and various other Royals...
Some relationships are doubtful because of arranged marriages which may not have actually taken place and illegitimate children and so on...
I read today that in Early Mediaeval times in Ireland, there was a ruling that if a husband grew too fat to have sex with his wife she was entitled to find herself another man...don't know what happened if the wife became awfully fat...perhaps the husband just had to put up with her...
There's a row about a school in Scotland 'encouraging' racism because there is a picture of a Gollywog in a wall painting which has been in situ since the 1930's...I had a Gollywog when I was a child...and I was very fond of it. And we collected the Gollywogs in Chivers jam to get a little badge...
A parent complained though, when he or she spotted the offending picture...so now there are going to be meetings and that sort of thing...you couldn't make it up actually...
And I was half listening to Woman's Hour on the radio when there was a discussion about children and mobile 'phones...one of the parcipients said it wasn't classed as 'snooping' to see who your child had been in contact with...another said no child under the age of sixteen ought to have a mobile 'phone anyway so you'd have no need to snoop...I think she might have been beamed down from another planet...
But the news item I've enjoyed the most recently is about a Methodist Minister who was heavily involved in a banking scam and was then photographed with his drug dealer buying cocaine ...perhaps it is fun being a Methodist after all...