History Of Defenestration

As a method of execution, throwing someone through a window is a bizarre concept. It’s amazing there’s even a word for it, and yet there is: defenestration.

We’ve witnessed it in countless movies — the thrilling opening fight scene in Watchmen, Edward Longshanks hurling his son’s lover through an open window in Braveheart, even the triumphant moment in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves when Friar Tuck pushes the money-laden bishop through the stained glass window of his chapel.

But there is a very real, and very weird history behind the practice…

Mark Pickering
Mark Pickering has written for Vice, the Guardian, the Sunday Times, Maxim and more. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic.
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