John of Leyden Executed

John of Leyden Executed

John of Leyden
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John of Leyden, leader of the Anabaptists who had taken control of Münster before it was captured by German forces, is executed. John of Leyden was a charismatic religious leaders whose followers were very devout and committed.

John and two others are tortured for nearly an hour with red-hot tongs then their bodies are hung in cages from the steeple of St. Lambert's Church where their remains rot for the next fifty years.

The bones are eventually removed but the cages will remain.

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