Mary A. asks: How did someone get the job of an executioner in medieval times?
In this case, in addition to doling out lethal justice with their bare hands, executioners also worked as both bodyguards and gardeners.
For example, the Bavarian town of Memmingen enacted an ordinance in 1528 that forbade members of the general public dining with an executioner.
On top of this, an executioner’s children and spouse were likewise similarly shunned by anyone but the underbelly of society.
Schmidt also notes that he practiced executions extensively on various animals before being allowed to actually execute a human himself.