FLW: To the strongest!

Famous Last Words Alexander the Great Babylon (modern-day Iraq) June 10, 323 B.C. “To the strongest!” Alexander the Great's day of death has been recorded as either June 10 or 11, and the reason for his death have been disputed. Many theories as to how the mighty military leader and king may have died, from…

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…

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…