Jimbo wrote:I must say how modern politically the opening post seemed ... until the drawn and quartered part. But then instead of getting ripped apart they get sent to Australia - and then coming back! Now that seems like modern justice. Jeffery Epstein may be chilling in Byron Bay right now.
I suppose that demonstrated how things were changing - you have the Conservatives calling for a barbaric medieval execution - this was the last time it was ever used as a criminal sentence - and a more progressive PM (the Whig - Liberal - Lord Melbourne appropriately enough) overturning the sentence... but still transporting them for life which was no picnic... And the seditionaries coming home as heroes a few years later.