May 3rd, 2008 Headsman
Two centuries ago today, Napoleon’s troops executed hundreds of prisoners taken during a quashed uprising against them in Madrid.
The carnage gives posterity an 1814 Goya masterpiece. (And this blog’s frontispiece.)
More reading: Napoleon’s Cursed War, by Ronald Fraser.
On this day..
- 1867: Modiste Villebrun, but not Sophie Boisclair - 2016
- 1606: Henry Garnet, Gunpowder Plot confessor - 2015
- 1740: Elizabeth and Mary Branch, tyrannical mistresses - 2014
- 1664: Elsje Christiaens, Rembrandt model - 2013
- 1738: Katherine Garret, Pequot infanticide - 2012
- 1909: Jesus Malverde, narco patron saint - 2011
- 738: Copan king 18-Rabbit (Uaxaclajuun Ub'aah K'awiil) - 2010
- 1946: Not Willie Francis, who survived the electric chair - 2009
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