Fra Girolamo Savonarola: execution of an unorthodox friar in Florence

On the 23th of May 1498, Fra Girolamo Savonarola and his two most fervent supporters – Fra Girolamo and Fra Domenico – were escorted out of their prison into the main Florentine square (Piazza della Signoria).  They faced a high ecclesiastic tribunal, who condemned them as heretics and schismatics, having...

Thomas Cranmer’s letter to Henry VIII in Anne Boleyn’s defense

Ah, Anne Boleyn… Our Anne… Back then in May, she was deserted by everyone, even by her own father.  However, she still had one friend – Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury.  Cranmer adored and admired Anne, and he proclaimed King Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon null and void. ...