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Until the last dog is hung

Posted by Michael Scheib on February 19, 2010 at 19:56

'Until the last dog is hung' originates with Henry VII. At the conclusion of the War of the Roses, Henry VII pitted a pack of dogs against a lion to demonstrate what would happen to traitors in his kingdom. The lion lost--which is not what Henry expected. To make his muddled point clear, Henry had every dog hung--and made his nobles watch till the last of them was dispatched. The story is related in The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George.