Skip to comments.1022: Medieval Europe’s first heresy executions
Posted on 12/28/2020 9:07:22 PM PST by CheshireTheCat
The first documented executions of heretics in medieval Europe occurred on this date in 1022 in Orleans, when 13 or so were burned at Orleans.
The French king at this time was Robert II, known to history as “Robert the Pious” because he was so violent with the sub-orthodox.* In addition to this date’s burnings, he’s noted for inciting anti-Jewish persecutions that in some places drove local Jewry to drown themselves fleeing pogroms.
For those within Christianity, starting now, Robert’s Piety meant much tighter scrutiny of potentially deviant doctrines.
Now, these were not the first-ever Christian-on-Christian heresy executions in the West. But so far as is known they marked a revival of the practice after some six centuries of disuse — dating back to the Roman Empire when rival strains of early Christianity fought things out. That was ancient history, and not only literally; by this point in the Middle Ages, “heresy” was not nearly so dangerous a charge among Christian disputants as it would come to be after 1022.
The period’s chronicles paint the early eleventh century as a time of rising heresies, or rather rising fear of heresies. It’s an idea that would have a blazingly bright future....
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We can give thanks that the punishments for 21st-century heresy have not yet reached that level.
Give it 3 weeks
Such insanity and from the enlightened French Aristocracy. /sarcasm
They will soon resume that practice here, if you’re a “global warming”, I mean “climate change”, I mean “WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE”, denier.
I will keep on denying anthropogenic global warming.
Fortunately or not, I am old enough that they may have to race natural causes if they wish to execute me.
And then there are today’s heretics like “John Roberts the Pious.” A man, a judge and constant traveler and companion of the late Vice Cardinal Jeffery Epstein, who hung himself in his monk’s cell as a sign from God to reinstate the death penalty for the morally derelict. Most times these two companions would pray on Pedophilia Island — prey on all the nubile, lovely, young bodies God had given them in this sacrosanct, away from all worldly corruption and sin hermitage. Yes, John Roberts the Pious — a pious fraud if there ever was one. And if we listen closely his screaming in his chambers can still be heard, screaming about riots and whatnot... I guess it’s time to get back to the hermitage.
But Muslims are working overtime to not only catch up, but exceed the total.
If Martin I counts (Pope who was killed by the emperor for refusal to accept Monothelitism in 655), then the article is off by a few centuries on when the last execution took place—though as he was taken captive in Rome but killed in Byzantium, so arguably killed in the east rather than the west.
Around a dozen or so Popes have arguably died violently since, but doctrine doesn’t seem to have been an issue.
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