Executions · Famous Last Words · Political · Romania

Man executed in a mock coronation after attempting a rebellion

July 20, 1514 Temesvár (modern day Timișoara, Romania) György Dózsa is executed in a perverted twist of a royal coronation as punishment for a failed rebellion Dózsa had led a peasants' revolt against the Hungarian nobility, which failed. The day before his execution, he called to onlookers shouting "Come back tomorrow, you miserable slaves, and… Continue reading Man executed in a mock coronation after attempting a rebellion

England · Executions · Famous Last Words · Political

FLW: Man executed for disagreeing with Henry VIII

Famous Last Words Sir Thomas More London, England July 6, 1535 “Pluck up thy spirits, man, and be not afraid to do thine office, my neck is very short. Take heed therefore thou shoot not awry for saving thine honesty.” More had been against King Henry VIII's separation from the Church of Rome and opposed… Continue reading FLW: Man executed for disagreeing with Henry VIII

Famous Last Words · France

FLW: Nostradamus predicts own death

Famous Last Words Michel de Nostredame (known by his Latinized name Nostradamus) Salon-de-Provence, Provence, France July 2, 1566 "You will not find me alive at sunrise." Nostradamus, famed astrologer and author of 942 poetic quatrains which supposedly predicted the future, had been inflicted with gout during the last few years of his life. In 1566,… Continue reading FLW: Nostradamus predicts own death

Executions · Germany · Political

Woman beheaded by husband after criticizing him for allowing the common people to starve

June 12, 1535 Bishopric of Münster, Holy Roman Empire (modern day Münster, Germany) Elisabeth Wandscherer is beheaded for criticizing her husband about allowing the common people to starve Wandscherer was one of 16 wives of Jan van Leiden. Leiden was the self-proclaimed "King of Münster" and attempted to establish a "New Jerusalem" in Münster. He… Continue reading Woman beheaded by husband after criticizing him for allowing the common people to starve

England · Executions · Political

The execution of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn

May 19, 1536 London, England Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, is executed for treason, incest, and adultery Henry secretly married Anne before his annulment to his first wife, Catherine, was official. Anne bore Henry a daughter, future queen Elizabeth I, though Henry was hoping for a male heir. Anne became pregnant three more… Continue reading The execution of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn