Questions tagged [death-penalty]

Questions related to the history of government-sanctioned capital punishment, wherein the guilty party is executed for crimes committed.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
15
votes
4answers
18k views

Why was the swordsman of Calais chosen as Anne Boleyn's executioner?

Anne Boleyn was executed on May 19, 1536. Displaying an act of "mercy", King Henry VIII dispatched a skilled executioner to perform the execution by sword rather than by axe or being burned at the ...
0
votes
1answer
218 views

What was the biggest empire that never had capital punishment? [closed]

I have no idea. So I decided to ask.My motivation is that it would be an interesting juxtaposition of violence and non violence.