The assassination of Good King Henri

May 14, 1610 Paris, Kingdom of France King Henri IV, also known as “Henri the Good,” is assassinated François Ravaillac was a Catholic zealot and is suspected by some modern historians to have been schizophrenic. He had previously attempted to petition Henri, who had converted to Catholicism in 1593, on several occasions to exile or…

Guy Fawkes found trying to destroy Parliament

November 5, 1605 London, England Guy Fawkes of the “gunpowder plot” is discovered before he can explode multiple barrels of gunpowder in the House of Lords, a plot created with the hopes of bringing greater religious tolerance for Catholics in England The reigning monarch at the time was King James I, who orchestrated an English…

Family tortured, burned at stake

July 29, 1600 Bavaria, Germany The Pappenheimer family is accused of witchcraft, tortured extensively, and burned at the stake The 17th century was not a kind time to any accused of witchcraft, but the Pappenheimers stand out for the amount of detail in their torture and deaths that have survived the centuries. Anna, the family…

Salem Witch Trials: Elderly woman hanged

July 19, 1692 Salem Village, Province of Massachusetts Bay (modern day Danvers, Massachusetts) Susannah Martin (70) is hanged for the supposed crime of witchcraft Martin had already been accused of being a witch twice before, once in either 1660 or 1661, and again in 1669. According to A Laughing Witch: Hanging Susanna Martin by C.…