No one needs a dictionary to tell them that Treason is” the crime of betraying one's country, esp. by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.” [https://www.google.com/search?q=treason&rlz=1C1KMZB_enUS525US525&oq=treason&aqs=chrome..69i57j5j0l2.1342j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8]
So what more can be said? Quite a bit if you look beyond the surface of any story (fact or fiction) involving Treason. In the history of the USA only 13 people have been convicted of treason. Some were hanged, some served prison sentences and a few were pardoned. Each has a story that fascinates.
One of the most famous treasonous stories in the US is about the Rosenbergs. Oddly enough they were not charged with or convicted of treason but were convicted on charges of conspiracy to commit espionage. They were executed on June 19, 1953. Nonetheless controversy still surrounds the case. You can read more about the Rosenberg’s here.
Fictional accounts of treason are more numerous than actual cases that lead to conviction. A very quick informal search of Amazon.com produces 545 works of fiction about treason covering every aspect and period from biblical times to the far flung future. These stories like the ‘factual’ accounts are just as fascinating. Consider if you will George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones, a series in which treason almost seems the norm along with murder and zombies. (I could write a year’s worth of articles about Game of Thrones, so forgive me for not going into detail.)
You might also consider my novel A True and Perfect Knight in which the widowed heroine is suspected of treason simply by association with her husband who was hanged for trying to assassinate Edward I of England. She is escorted by the hero—who also believes her guilty—to the king for judgment. Of course along the way doubt is cast on the heroine’s guilt or innocence and the hero’s feelings for her become quite complicated. Even after Edward pronounces her fate I manage to throw in a few twists before the heroine’s real involvement in the plot to kill the king is revealed.
Do you have a favorite treason story (fact or fiction)? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts on this topic.
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Baron Haven De Sessions knows a hundred reasons despise the widow Dreyford. The widow is entirely too independent, and a suspected traitor. Worst of all, she had been married to his best friend—a man Haven arrested for plotting against the king. Haven believes the treacherous widow should have given up her head, not his childhood friend. Now an oath to that same friend forces him to protect a woman he does not want and cannot trust.
Genvieve Dreyford has her own reasons to detest De Sessions. The man is far too handsome, and his reputation as Edward I's most 'true and perfect' knight has swelled the baron’s head. Worst of all, Gennie believes he betrayed his friendship with her husband to curry favor with the English king. Now, because of Haven De Sessions, Gennie has lost her home, her title and nearly everything she held dear. Only for the sake of her family, will Gennie place herself in the power of a man she fears and mistrusts.
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• Peter Suman, Casper Fritchie, Henry Schell, Adam Graves, Yost Plecker, John George Graves, Nicholas Andrews, 1781, convicted of High Treason July 25, 1781 in Frederick, MD; Suman, Fritche and Plecker were executed on 17 August
• Philip Vigol and John Mitchell, convicted of treason and sentenced to hanging; pardoned by George Washington; see Whiskey Rebellion.
• Governor Thomas Dorr 1844, convicted of treason against the state of Rhode Island; see Dorr Rebellion; released in 1845; civil rights restored in 1851; verdict annulled in 1854.
• John Brown, convicted of treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1859 and executed for attempting to organize armed resistance to slavery.
• Aaron Dwight Stevens, took part in John Brown's raid and was executed in 1860 for treason against Virginia.
• William Bruce Mumford, convicted of treason and hanged in 1862 for tearing down a United States flag during the American Civil War.
• Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt, all convicted by military tribunal and hanged on July 7, 1865 for treason and conspiracy related to the Lincoln assassination.
• Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who is frequently identified with "Tokyo Rose" convicted 1949. Subsequently pardoned by President Gerald Ford.
• Herbert Hans Haupt, German-born naturalized U.S. citizen, was convicted of treason in 1942 and executed after being named as a German spy by fellow German spies defecting to the United States.
• Martin James Monti, United States Army Air Forces pilot, convicted of treason for defecting to the Waffen SS in 1944. He was paroled in 1960.
• Robert Henry Best, convicted of treason on April 16, 1948 and served a life sentence.
• Mildred Gillars, also known as "Axis Sally", convicted of treason on March 8, 1949; served 12 years of a 10- to 30-year prison sentence.
• Tomoya Kawakita, sentenced to death for treason in 1952, but eventually released by President John F. Kennedy to be deported to Japan.