Historical fact of the day

It’s well known that the customary way to execute Christian heretics, during the Middle Ages and early modern period, was by burning at the stake – often as a public spectacle.  But in Venice, I’ve recently learned, they did things differently.  There, in the dead of night, with no public audience, the condemned heretic was taken out in a small boat, with hands bound, attached by rope to a heavy rock, and pushed overboard.  So we see that although Venice was the most tolerant European city of its day, and a multicultural mecca, there were limits to its tolerance.

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