Beheaded for Refusing to Convert to Islam: Pope Canonizes Hundreds of 15th-Century Martyrs

Ask the Turks and they will say they committed mass-suicide.

Beheaded for Refusing to Convert to Islam: Pope Canonizes Hundreds of 15th-Century Martyrs

48647565_5043f45923 The “Martyrs of Otranto” were 813 Italians slain in 1480 for defying demands by Turkish invaders who overran the citadel to renounce Christianity.–Read More »

In 1480, after conquering Constantinople – modern day Istanbul – the Ottoman Sultan Mohammed II planned to invade Rome, and Otranto became his army’s port of entrance into Italy.

The local population fought back in a week-long siege, putting up a brave but hopeless resistance. When Ottoman soldiers finally overrun the town, they were ordered to kill every man over the age of 15 who refused to convert to Islam.

More than 800 resisted, locking themselves up into the town’s Cathedral. Their ringleader, local shoemaker Antonio Primaldo, was first to be beheaded. According  to local legend, his headless body remained standing until the last of his fellow townspeople was killed.

 A saint-making record is also a diplomatic headache for Pope Francis

3 thoughts on “Beheaded for Refusing to Convert to Islam: Pope Canonizes Hundreds of 15th-Century Martyrs”

  1. I find it most educational to see how many comments are missing on this one. We should all look forward to this happening here in the west (terrifying though it may be) eventually if all those in positions of influence continue to keep their heads buried in the sand along with the rest of the ostriches. When the chips are down, it is amazing how many people find a compelling desire to recite such as the Lord’s Prayer, or if they do not know it, “If there is a God out there, come save me and I’ll be forever grateful.” (or words to that effect) I’ve been on the battlefield, and I have seen first hand how some-one’s attitudes may change when faced with their mortality. When push comes to shove will you choose to be “of The Book” or something else?

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