Modern Brutality Trumps Quaint Mediaevalism
Friday 27th November 1936
The Spanish Nationalists shot the elder son of the (Republican) Prime Minister Francisco Largo Caballero, who had been captured whilst serving with the army. He was killed in direct reprisal for the execution for treason just over a week before of Primo de Rivera, Falange leader and one of the coup leaders and the son of Spain’s dictator up to 1930. His death had provided the Nationalists with an impressive martyr and removed a potential rival to Franco.