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Gruesome Ways People Were Executed In The Time Of Henry VIII

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To say that Henry VIII was fond of executing people is putting it lightly. There was a lopped head here, a hanging neck there, and a drawn-and-quartered body almost literally everywhere. And while the gruesomeness of the practice is one thing, there is something to be said about the sheer number of people who perished under his reign. Some estimates put the total of Henry VIII's executions at a staggering 72,000 people - or, to put it into perspective, roughly 2.7% of England and Wales' population at the time.  

So, it's safe to say that Henry VIII loved separating folks from the Earth almost as much as he loved separating the Church of England from the Roman Catholics, his most famous accomplishment. But when your list of victims runs into the tens of thousands? Things must certainly start to get boring after a while. 

Below is a list of some of the most gruesome Henry VIII execution methods that cemented him as the most ruthless Tudor to ever reign. 

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