England · Famous Last Words

FLW: a great leap in the dark

Famous Last Words Thomas Hobbes Derbyshire, England December 4, 1679 "I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark." Hobbes was a political philosopher with liberal views including the belief individuals should be free to do as they choose unless specifically forbidden by law. He died at the age of… Continue reading FLW: a great leap in the dark

Executions · Massachusetts · Religion

The Boston Martyrs are executed

October 27, 1659 Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony Marmaduke Stevenson and William Robinson are hanged for being Quakers, a violation of a religious banishment sentenced upon them Stevenson and Robinson were two of three of the Boston Martyrs; the third, Mary Dyer was executed by hanging on June 1, 1660. Stevenson's Last Words were "This day… Continue reading The Boston Martyrs are executed

Czech Republic

Astronomer dies from refusal to urinate

October 24, 1601 Prague, Habsburg Bohemia, Holy Roman Empire (now Czech Republic) Astronomer and nobleman Tycho Brahe dies following a ruptured bladder, reportedly suffered when he politely refused to excuse himself during a banquet When Brahe was around 20 years old, he quarreled with another man on two occasions, the second of which ended in… Continue reading Astronomer dies from refusal to urinate

England · Executions · Famous Last Words · Political

FLW: traitor to the throne forgives his executioner

Famous Last Words Major-General Thomas Harrison October 13, 1660 London, England "I do forgive thee with all my heart … Alas poor man, thou doith it ignorantly, the Lord grant that this sin may be laid to thy charge." (Spoken to the executioner after he asked to be forgiven.) Harrison had signed the death warrant… Continue reading FLW: traitor to the throne forgives his executioner

England · Religion

Death of English magistrate causes religious tensions

October 12, 1678 London, England Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey is found dead, prompting an anti-Catholic movement in England Godfrey was found in a ditch impaled with his own sword, but it was soon discovered he had been strangled and his neck broken, then stabbed after death. The belief at the time, further helped by the… Continue reading Death of English magistrate causes religious tensions