It's the only way to be sure
Many of you probably receive this newsletter at lunchtime. We should forewarn you that the intro this week is a bit...graphic. History works out that way sometimes. We advise you skip down a paragraph if you're eating.
Wikipedia says that on October 3rd "Dafydd ap Gruffydd" was "the first nobleman to be executed by hanging, drawing and quartering." Which seems a bit excessive. He was dragged behind a horse. Then hanged. Then revived, so he could watch as they disemboweled him and burned his entrails. And then his body was severed into four parts. We imagine King Edward I (aka "Longshanks'" whom you might remember from Braveheart) would have nuked him from orbit had he the option.
Dafydd ap Gruffydd was the last native Prince of an independent Wales. Had all that hanging, drawing, and quartering not happened, perhaps this newsletter would be brought to you by the letters Y and LL. And, then again, who knows? We just hope your October 3rd is better than Dafydd's was. That's a pretty safe bet.