Last night I watched a segment of The Hollow Crown. Series 1 (Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, Henry V) US HERE – Series 1 UK HERE – Series 2 (Henry VI Part 1, Henry VI Part 2, Richard III) US HERE – Series 2 UK HERE. These are a mini-series which connect history plays of Shakespeare with actor continuity with the roles. So, Tom Hiddleston is Hal/Prince Harry/Henry V all the way through, Benedict Cumberbatch is Richard of Glouschester/Richard III, etc. The acting is great, the sets and filming are marvelous. The language is Shakespeare. What’s not to like?
In any event, last night I watched Henry VI Part I, during which Joan of Arc is burned at the stake. Did you, dear reader, know that St. Joan of Arc is depicted in a play by William Shakespeare? Well, she is. In The Hollow Crown series, she got a fairly decent treatment. She was rather wild-eyed, but, hey, why not. I had a sense that she was being mistreated – the whole burning at the stake being part of that, of course.
Turning the page, The Great Roman Fabrizio reminded me and my Roman SMS group that today is the anniversary of Giordano Bruno’s own meeting with the stake in the Campo de’ Fiori. Anti-Catholics and masons put up a gloomy, ugly huge statue of him, the base decorated with plaques of famous heretics and Church haters.
Giordano Bruno was a seriously weird cat and a heretic. He would find himself welcomed and right at home at the Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter).
A few years ago, The History Blog had a longish piece about the heretic. It included a screen shot of a smart phone app which would let you burn Giordano at the stake. Here is a shot:
So, it’s a little grisly. Heresy is a serious matter, after all.
Don’t be a heretic!
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