the truth as I know it
Are you quoting yourself or did "someone" actually say this? Brilliant either way!
"someone" did. Roger Wieck, curator of medieval and renaissance manuscripts at the Morgan library and museum did, apropos characteristic portrayals of executioners in late medieval and renaissance manuscripts. Click the link to hear Mr Wieck tell you so many interesting things! The quote I'm referring to Listen from 1:17 in the first clip to hear him say these words.
I think that association still exists to some extent...
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