February 9, 1555 Gloucester, England Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper is burned at the stake for heresy during Queen Mary I's rule Mary, a Catholic, persecuted and executed so many Protestants she earned the nickname "Bloody Mary" after her death.
February 4, 1555 London, England John Rogers becomes the first of many martyrs under Mary I Rogers had been a Catholic priest, but he disagreed certain views within the Church, so he left England to Holland. Once in Holland, he met a Protestant reformer and converted to Protestant views. During this time he also met… Continue reading Washing his hands in flames
October 6, 1536 Near Vilvoorde, Duchy of Brabant, Seventeen Provinces (modern day Belgium) William Tyndale is executed for speaking out against the Catholic Church's rule over England Tyndale, a Protestant, had translated the Bible in English using Hebrew and Greek texts (which became the basis of the King James Bible) and had done so to… Continue reading English scholar and Bible translator executed
August 24, 1349 Cologne, Germany Approximately 6,000 Jews accused of bringing the Black Death to the area and are burned at the stake On the night of Saint Bartholomew, the pogrom later called the "Slaughter of the Jews" took place. A riotous mob entered the Jewish quarter intent on eradicating who, they thought, brought the… Continue reading Cologne Massacre
August 21, 1614 Čachtice, Kingdom of Hungary, Habsburg monarchy (now Slovakia) Báthory Erzsébet (also known as Elizabeth Báthory) dies at the age of 54 after 4 years of solitary confinement, bricked into her cell with only small slits left in the walls for ventilation and to allow the passage of food Báthory, known as the… Continue reading Death of the Blood Countess