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hedz muhn

  • n  an executioner who beheads the condemned person

  • The scowling headsman, shouldering a "bloody" ax was the Earl of Birkenhead.
  • For a consideration from the condemned or his friends the headsman would leave a small piece of skin remaining so that the ignominy of complete decapitation was avoided.
  • A temporary headsman was appointed to act as regent until Charlie's arms grew strong enough to swing an ax.

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