Famous Last Words · Italy · Political

FLW: an enigmatic mistake

Famous Last Words Emperor Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus Rome, Italy September 13, 81 AD “I have made only one mistake.” Emperor Titus was 41 at the time of his death, serving just two years in office before he died. During that time, he was renowned for his charity, assisting the survivors of the Mount… Continue reading FLW: an enigmatic mistake

Religion · Spain

The supposed murder of Saint Dominguito del Val

August 31, 1250 Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain 7-year-old Dominguito del Val is allegedly kidnapped, crucified, killed, and dismembered during a ritualistic murder According to legends, with the first recorded recounts dating back to 1583, choirboy Dominguito was abducted by a Jew named Albayuceto. He was then taken to a house where he was crucified and tortured… Continue reading The supposed murder of Saint Dominguito del Val

Executions · Italy · Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion

Over 800 men beheaded after refusing to deny their faith

August 14, 1480 Otranto, Italy Following a 15-day siege, 813 men are beheaded for refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam The siege began with Ottoman forces attacking Otranto, which was well equipped to guard against them, but only temporarily. Once the army was able to force their way into the city, the "archbishop was… Continue reading Over 800 men beheaded after refusing to deny their faith

Czech Republic · Political · Religion

During religious tensions, several council members are thrown from a window

July 30, 1419 Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia (present-day Czech Republic) Hussite leaders throw town council members from a window The Hussites were a pre-Protestant Christian denomination following the teachings of Jan Hus. The Hussites and Catholics disagreed on some key tenets of faith; in particular, the Hussites believed everyone, not just the clergy, should be… Continue reading During religious tensions, several council members are thrown from a window