Monday, March 15, 2010

Executed... well, yesterday, actually

The irresistable Executed Today yesterday noted the execution of Britain's Admiral John Byng, for "failure to do his utmost" or as Voltaire put it, "pour encourager les autres." The little video clip provided has some nice images of Louisbourg at the beginning, and a sharp naval-historical point at the end.

Byng was an ancestor of Governor General of Canada Julian Byng, politically executed by Mackenzie King in 1926 for refusing to be a prime ministerial patsy.
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