'Laying' or 'tying neck and heels' -it was known by both -was quite common in England for centuries. It was also used on suspects during the Salem Trials in the US and, if Nathaniel Hawthorne is to be believed, was a favourite way for New England Puritans to deal with dangerous radicals such as Quakers.

It was sometimes used in testing for witchcraft, where the suspect might be tied neck and heels prior to being thrown in the river. If she drowned, she was innocent.

BTW, female traitors were never 'drawn and quartered' as this was thought to be an offence to public decency. They were burned alive instead.

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