Joel F. Harrington – The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century

Book description

Joel Harrington, a professor of history at the University of Vanderbild, once discovered the diaries of Meister Franz Schmidt written in the 16th century in the city of Nuremberg on the dusty shelves of a used bookstore in Germany. For 45 years, Mr. Schmidt killed and mutilated hundreds of people. He worked as an executioner. The unique historical document was not just a gulf. So this book was born about a deeply religious person who dreamed of medical practice, an excellent family man and a real serial killer by profession.

This work is seriously distinguished from a number of works on the Middle Ages that has befallen us in the last couple of years. This is not just an interesting story of its time, but also very modern issues – the morality of the death penalty, human cruelty and retaliation.

The executioner’s sincere and detailed diaries reflect the painful attempts of Franz Schmidt to reconcile the craft with faith, talk about the understanding of justice, punishment and humanity in the 16th century and at the same time show how far our representations have gone from the Middle Ages.

“The Righteous Executioner” was in the top books of the British newspaper The Telegraph.