When you take your last breath, you are completely dead. Many religions believed there were ways to possibly resurrect you in bizarre ways. One king took it upon himself to make sure certain people truly never came back.

They need to go, again

Since the 9th century, posthumous executions were a way to prevent any sort of resurrections. This belief was brought to attention by Christians in the government. These executions involved beheadings and other forms of mutilations of a dead body.

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Following Charles I’s death, his son Charles II sought revenge on everyone involved with the trial. 12 people were dragged across the streets and had their insides exposed. That wasn’t enough for Charles II, though. While three people died before he gained power, he asked for their posthumous executions.

No twist for Oliver

One major person in this situation is Oliver Cromwell. The former ruler of the English Commonwealth was delighted to see Charles I go down. When asked to take the title of King, Cromwell turned down the deal. While he died on September 3, 1658, Charles II wanted to make an example of his two years later.


His corpse was beheaded with his body being tossed in a random pit. Charles II put his head to good use put shoving it through a spike. To further drive the point across, his head was aimed where Charles I was killed.

Awkward family reunion

Henry Ireton, who was next on the posthumous execution list, followed the same fate as Cromwell. As Cromwell’s father in law, this was a weird way to bring the family back together. With two heads on a spike, Charles II hoped for a trifecta with Civil War commander Thomas Pride.

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Unfortunately, Pride’s body decayed so badly, they chose to no go forward with an execution. In Charles II’s mindset, two heads were certainly better than one.