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Late 16th c. punishment

In September of 1598, poet Ben Jonson killed an actor named Gabriel Spenser in a duel. To avoid hanging, Jonson converted to Catholicism and pleaded benefit of the clergy, donating his property to the church and being branded on his left thumb.

What would this brand have looked like?

Can't find it anywhere, nor any portrait of Jonson where his thumb is visible.

Anyone? Thank you in advance!
Tags: 1500-1599, ~religion: christianity: catholicism

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