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British History (Ralph Bruce)
The Execution of Waltheof (Original)

The Execution of Waltheof (Original) by British History (Ralph Bruce) at The Illustration Art Gallery

Ref: BruceExecutionerLL (Click for LARGE picture)

Artist: Ralph Bruce (biography)
Medium: Watercolour on Board
Size: 7" x 7" (180mm x 180mm)
Date: 1973

This is the unique original Watercolour painting by Ralph Bruce.

Waltheof was the last Anglo-Saxon Earl in England. He was found guilty of treason against the Norman King William the Conqueror.

Despite having been popular in the Norman King's court he was too popular with the English who continued to oppose William for years after he assumed the throne.

The executioner, fearing Waltheof would be rescued, lost his patience with his victim's prayers and chopped of his head while he was still saying The Lord's Prayer.

Originally published in Look and Learn # 580 24th February 1973.

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British History (Ralph Bruce)

British History (Ralph Bruce)