Massacres/Mass Murder · Portugal · Religion

The Lisbon Massacre

April 21, 1506 Lisbon, Portugal The three-day Lisbon Massacre comes to an end Nine years before the massacre, the Jews in the area were forced to convert to Catholicism. The recently converted Jews were called New Christians, showing that though they were among the Catholic faith, they were still separate. The massacre is said to… Continue reading The Lisbon Massacre

Italy

Raphael, allegedly dead from too much sex

April 6, 1520 Rome, Papal States Artist and architect Raphael dies at 37, allegedly from too much sex Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino, better known as Raphael, had been somewhat known for having several lovers. His friend, a Cardinal, persuaded Raphael to take the Cardinal's niece as his wife, though it was evident Raphael was not… Continue reading Raphael, allegedly dead from too much sex

England · Executions · Political · Religion

Execution of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, for speaking against Henry VIII and the pope

March 21, 1556 Oxford, England Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is burned at the stake for heresy After tension between Cranmer, Pope Clement VII, and King Henry VIII, Cranmer was to be executed for speaking against the Pope and King. He wrote a recantation, nullifying his previous speeches against the King and Pope, and was to read… Continue reading Execution of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, for speaking against Henry VIII and the pope

Executions · Mexico

The last Aztec emperor executed

February 28, 1525 Acalan (modern day Campeche, Mexico) Cuauhtémoc, the last Aztec emperor, is executed Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, took Cuauhtémoc prisoner after Cuauhtémoc's surrender, but held him in high regards and treated him well (according to Spanish records), until the conquistadors did not find the treasures they were expecting. Cuauhtémoc was tortured in an… Continue reading The last Aztec emperor executed

England · Executions · Political · Religion

The execution of Lady Jane Grey

February 12, 1554 London, England Lady Jane Grey is executed for treason As King Edward VI lay dying at the age of 15, he nominated his first cousin, Lady Jane Grey, as his successor. However, the Third Succession Act would require his half sisters, Mary I or Elizabeth I, take the Crown instead. Jane was… Continue reading The execution of Lady Jane Grey