Four white horsesPosted March 30 2011
François Ravaillac was executed by dismemberment by four white horses in 1610 for the regicide of Henry IV of France. The capital punishment of dismemberment is also referred to as disruption or drawn and quartered. Dismemberment was a common punishment in medieval times for the crime of treason and regicide. In England and France, dismemberment as punishment was practiced until the late 19th century. Typically, the resulting five parts (i.e., the four quarters of the body and the head) were gibbeted (put on public display) in different parts of the city or town to deter would-be traitors.