Execution with the Cannon: terrible capital punishment until the nineteenth century

Execution by cannon was a method of execution in which the victim was tied to the mouth of a cannon which was then fired. The cannon has been one of the main protagonists of the war scenes for many centuries, and from the fifteenth century until the Second World War it was perhaps the decisive weapon of the outcome of most land battles. The prisoner is generally tied to a gun with the upper part of the small of his back resting against the muzzle. When the gun is fired,…

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