Esteemed Readers, today our historical news of the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) time is dedicated to a plot against His Holiness Urban VIII (1568-1644). What uneasy times they were!
Punishment of Eight Criminals suspected to have designed to kill the Pope Urban VIII by means of magic:
Paris, 18th of May, 1635: “Friar Cherubin de Saranni from Ancona aged about 40, a priest of the Order of Friars Minor of Observance, was the head of this infernal plot organized against His Holiness long ago. They were planning to kill him using spells & magic. Friar Diego the Hermit from Palermo who lived in Sicilia made a wax statue, famous for these kinds of worships since domination of Spain. One of co-conspirators, a nephew of Cardinal d’Ascoli named Giacinto Centino d’Ascoli, who belonged to the same Order, wished to worship the Pope Urban VIII this way. However, as it was necessary to sacrifice it to the devil, one of the co-conspirators informed the Inquisition about preparation of such a terrible crime. Immediately all the participants were arrested. The Cardinal’s nephew was imprisoned in Chasteau d’Ange for a better security. Some months later at 2 o’clock in the morning Friar Cherubin broke walls of the Inquisition prison & escaped vested only in a night robe by means of bedsheets he used as a ladder. He held his gown…& fell down into a hay-loft…A strict edict, signed by the General Sur-Intendant of the Holy State Cardinal Barberini, ordered to discover him upon penalty of death. He promised 500 escus with impunity to the one who would find the Friar & make him leave Rome to return back to the Kingdom of Naples. He (Cherubin) was already at Rieti, in two lieuës from the border, when he decided to cut his way & went to Foligni where he was noticed by a reliable religious woman. Friar Cherubin was captured & together with other co-conspirators spent a year in a prison until Sunday, the 22nd of the previous month, the day of their sentence. After it they were conducted to prisons of Campo di fiore, while the Cardinal’s nephew was decapitated. Fr.Domenico Zampone from the Order of St. Augustin, Flaminio Conforti, Cardinal d’Ascoli’s attorney & agent, were condemned to the galleys for a term of 10 years…”
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