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

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