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…

Joan of Arc’s death

Famous Last Words Joan of Arc Rouen, France May 30, 1431 “Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!” Joan of Arc (who was approximately 19 at the time of her death) had been a commander for the French army against the English until a truce was struck between the two…

Jerome of Prague, burned at the stake for preaching to followers to follow the word of Jesus even if it goes against the Church’s degree

May 30, 1416 Konstanz, Germany Czech scholar and philosopher Jerome of Prague is burned at the stake for heresy Jerome’s heresy was proclaiming one did not need to attend church to attain God's teachings, and one should follow Jesus's words directly even if they conflicted with what the Catholic Church decreed. Because of his sermons…

Brussels massacre of 1370

May 22, 1370 Brussels, Belgium Between 6 and 20 Jews are executed at the stake while the remainder are banished after allegedly desecrating hosts The actual motive behind the attack is disputed, depending on the source. The Christians of the area alleged a group of Jews desecrated hosts during the Holy Eucharist, a ceremony commemorating…