France · Massacres/Mass Murder · Religion

The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”

July 22, 1209 Béziers, County of Toulouse (present day France) The Massacre at Béziers is carried out by crusaders under the order of Pope Innocent III, with up to 20,000 murdered regardless of their age, gender, or faith The Pope (pictured) had recently declared war upon the Cathars, members of a sect of Christianity the… Continue reading The Béziers massacre: 20,000 killed during religious purge ordered by Pope who did not spare those of his own faith “for God knows His own”

Female Killers · Religion · Ukraine

The death of Saint Olga of Kiev, the ruler who destroyed the tribe who murdered her husband

July 11, 969 Kiev, Kievan Rus’ (modern day Ukraine) Olga of Kiev dies Though most of Olga’s early life is undocumented, she left behind an enduring — though likely embellished — legacy. Her husband, Prince Igor, was killed by the Drevlians, a tribe who had joined with the Rus’ against the Byzantine Empire in exchange… Continue reading The death of Saint Olga of Kiev, the ruler who destroyed the tribe who murdered her husband

Executions · Italy · Religion

Four men executed for allegedly murdering and beheading child for ritual

June 21, 1475 Trent, Prince-Bishopric of Trent (modern-day Trento, Italy) Four Jews are burned at the stake or beheaded for the alleged murder of a 2-year-old Christian boy The boy, Simon of Trent, was supposedly found in the cellar of a Jewish family's house. However, another account mentions Simon’s body being discovered in a ditch.… Continue reading Four men executed for allegedly murdering and beheading child for ritual

Italy · Political

Roman emperor killed by his citizens after his decisions to keep his family in high standings results in angering the Vandals

May 31, 455 Rome, Italy Emperor Petronius Maximus is assassinated two and a half months after assuming the throne It was speculated that Petronius had a hand in the murder of the previous emperor, Valentinian III. One of those who suspected his involvement in the assassination was his widow, Licinia Eudoxia, whom Petronius married to… Continue reading Roman emperor killed by his citizens after his decisions to keep his family in high standings results in angering the Vandals