History Notes on a Brief History of Dead Hands
posted by February 27 at 14:17 PMon
1) One of the 55 British survivors to the Battle of Isandlwana, which happened on 22-1-1879 in KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa (20,000 Zulu troops overwhelmed and killed 1,400 British troops), wrote: “[The Zulus] cut everyone up and took his heart out and put it on his breast, and then put his hand right hand [into the hole left by the heart].”
2) After Prince Albert’s death on 14-12-1861, Queen Victoria, who deeply loved her husband and outlived him by 40 years, often went to bed holding a plaster cast of Albert’s hand.
3) On 7-12-43 BC, the philosopher, speaker, and politician Marcus Tullius Cicero was finally caught and cut down to death by one of his hunters, Herennius. Mark Antony, who ordered the murder and wanted to send a clear message to his other enemies in Rome, had Cicero’s head and hands nailed to the speaker’s podium in the Senate. (Note: One version of this incident states that Antony had Cicero’s tongue and hands nailed to the podium. And another version states that Cicero’s head and only his right hand were nailed to the podium. And yet another version claims that Antony’s wife, Fulvia, stuck a hairpin into Cicero’s tongue.)