It is Week 12 in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks writing challenge. This week’s writing prompt, Popular, was a tough one. Maybe it’s because the concept is so foreign to me personally that I had difficulty finding a “popular” ancestor in my tree. I did, however, identify several unpopular ones, including my 21st great-grandfather, Edmund of Woodstock. As you will read, Edmund was not particularly well-liked by his contemporaries.
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Are you, are you
Coming to the tree,
Where they strung up a man they say who murdered three?
Strange things did happen here
No stranger would it be
If we met at midnight in the hanging tree…
When I first read the words of The Hanging Tree song, I was immediately intrigued. These haunting lyrics spoke to me on a subconscious level. However, I never truly realized how much these words had impacted me, until I caught myself singing this song softly under my breath while researching the executions of some of my ancestors… Yes, you read right: executions. Seventeen of my known progenitors have met their untimely ends at the hands of an executioner.