Posts Tagged ‘burned at the stake’

On this date, 11/5/1414 the Council of Constance brought to trial two Bohemian reformers. One was John Huss (or Jan Hus) was burned at the stake 7/6/1415.  The other was Jerome of Prague (killed 5/30/1416).   This council also anathematized the teachings of the English reformer John Wycliffe.

Hus’ teachings had a strong influence on Europe and influenced none other than the great Martin Luther himself.

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“Eighty and six years have I served Him, and he never did me any injury; how then can I blaspheme my King and my Savior.”

“Eighty and six years I have served Christ and He has done me nothing but good; how then could I curse Him, my Lord and Savior?”

“Eighty and six years have I now served Christ, and he has never done me the least wrong: How then can I blaspheme my King and my Savior?”

                (The essence of the above quotes – three different on-line sources – is the same

                                but the variation is interesting to observe.)

Polycarp was burned at stake this date 2/23/155.  His “crime”?  refusing to deny Christ. He was a disciple of the Apostle John.  Rome arrested him at age 86.  He was burned alive.

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“Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out”

Bishop Hugh Latimer (born c. 1485) and Bishop Nicholas Ridley (born c. 1500) were burned at the stake on this date 10/16/1555.  They were martyred in England and by the Roman Catholic system for what was called “heresy.”

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