From thrones to gallows


This picture was initiated by two diagrams in ‘The Practical Carpenter and Joiner’ about types of roof trusses – the King post and the Queen post. This led me to look at the rather bad behaviour of our past monarchs. Here we have Henry VIII and his daughter Mary I (‘Bloody Mary’ to some). It turns out that between them they executed and burned tens of thousands of people. These beams were clearly put to poor use – from thrones to gallows or fire wood.


20130626-203717.jpgThe image is made entirely from the diagrams and two other illustrations from the book. Here we see a lot of layering of the king’s tunic. The poor figure destined for the stake is made almost entirely of wood as if she knew what was coming, making Mary’s job that little bit easier…

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