Disruption

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Disruption generally refers to the normal workings of something being interrupted.

  • In Scotland, the Disruption of 1843 refers to the divergence from the Church of Scotland of the Free Church of Scotland
  • Disruption as a method of execution consists of tying each leg of the victim to horses or other animals, to two winches or other pulling machines, such as the rack,or to two small trees that have been bent down to the ground and then releasing the trees to spring up or pulling simultaneously with the animals or machines so that the body of the execution victim is pulled apart. One celebrated victim of such an execution was Queen Brunhilda of Austrasia, who, on her nephew's orders, was subjected to horrific extension on the rack for three days, before suffering final dismemberment between four horses.
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