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peashooter85:

The Weirdest Trial in History,
One of the Popes of the 9th century, Pope Formosus’ reign was fraught with war, chaos, and political intrigue.  During his five year reign Formosus made many enemies, among them was his predecessor, Stephen VI.  Pope Stephen hated Formosus so much, that he would take weird to a whole new level in order to exact revenge on his former enemy.
In January of 897, about seven months after Formosus’ death, Pope Stephen ordered Formosus’ corpse exhumed from its grave and put on trial.  In what would become known as the “Cadaver Synod”, Pope Stephen charged Formosus with a number of crimes including perjury and having ascended the Papacy illegally.  During the trial, Formosus’ rotting corpse was propped up on a throne and clothed in Papal vestments.  Stephen himself acted as prosecutor while a church deacon was appointed to serve as Formosus’ defense attorney.  While judges were appointed from local priests, the synod amounted to nothing more than a show trial in which Stephen maniacally screamed, raved, and hurled insults at the dead corpse.  Formosus’ was declared guilty on all charges.  As punishment, his corpse was stripped of its Papal vestments, three fingers on its right hand were removed (the fingers used to conduct blessings), and all orders issued by Formosus’ were nullified.  Formosus’ corpse was buried in an unmarked paupers grave.  Later it was again disinterred and cast into the Tiber River.  
The Cadaver Synod turned out to be Stephen VI’s undoing, as the people of Rome were too weirded out by his bizarre and insane behavior.  He was quickly deposed and imprisoned, where he was strangled to death during the night.  In the meantime Formosus’ corpse had been recovered from the Tiber and reburied in its proper grave at St. Peters Basilica.  The next Pope, John IX, nullified the Cadaver Synod and issued a Papal decree banning the trial of a dead person.

peashooter85:

The Weirdest Trial in History,

One of the Popes of the 9th century, Pope Formosus’ reign was fraught with war, chaos, and political intrigue.  During his five year reign Formosus made many enemies, among them was his predecessor, Stephen VI.  Pope Stephen hated Formosus so much, that he would take weird to a whole new level in order to exact revenge on his former enemy.

In January of 897, about seven months after Formosus’ death, Pope Stephen ordered Formosus’ corpse exhumed from its grave and put on trial.  In what would become known as the “Cadaver Synod”, Pope Stephen charged Formosus with a number of crimes including perjury and having ascended the Papacy illegally.  During the trial, Formosus’ rotting corpse was propped up on a throne and clothed in Papal vestments.  Stephen himself acted as prosecutor while a church deacon was appointed to serve as Formosus’ defense attorney.  While judges were appointed from local priests, the synod amounted to nothing more than a show trial in which Stephen maniacally screamed, raved, and hurled insults at the dead corpse.  Formosus’ was declared guilty on all charges.  As punishment, his corpse was stripped of its Papal vestments, three fingers on its right hand were removed (the fingers used to conduct blessings), and all orders issued by Formosus’ were nullified.  Formosus’ corpse was buried in an unmarked paupers grave.  Later it was again disinterred and cast into the Tiber River.  

The Cadaver Synod turned out to be Stephen VI’s undoing, as the people of Rome were too weirded out by his bizarre and insane behavior.  He was quickly deposed and imprisoned, where he was strangled to death during the night.  In the meantime Formosus’ corpse had been recovered from the Tiber and reburied in its proper grave at St. Peters Basilica.  The next Pope, John IX, nullified the Cadaver Synod and issued a Papal decree banning the trial of a dead person.

(Source: law.uga.edu, via somehistoriancalledmike)

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british-history:

Jerusalem Falls During the First Crusade
15 July 1099
It was on this day in history, 15 July 1099, that the Crusaders completed their siege of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. English soldiers played a very small role in the Crusade, with Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy, providing the strongest English tie to the First Crusade. The Siege of Jerusalem ended in a massacre of the city’s inhabitants, a historical black mark on Crusade that led to several subsequent Crusades. Historians have focused on several motivators for the genesis of the Crusades, including religious motivation, racial animus, and the church’s desire to expand its economic control.

british-history:

Jerusalem Falls During the First Crusade

15 July 1099

It was on this day in history, 15 July 1099, that the Crusaders completed their siege of Jerusalem during the First Crusade. English soldiers played a very small role in the Crusade, with Robert Curthose, Duke of Normandy, providing the strongest English tie to the First Crusade. The Siege of Jerusalem ended in a massacre of the city’s inhabitants, a historical black mark on Crusade that led to several subsequent Crusades. Historians have focused on several motivators for the genesis of the Crusades, including religious motivation, racial animus, and the church’s desire to expand its economic control.

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the-fault-in-our-youtubers:

the internet summed up in one gif set

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stumblingintolove:

xobrunettekisses:

mrswika:

mrswika

The same brooch.The same pearls. The same love. 


too beautiful not to reblog

the royal fam is my favourite thing

stumblingintolove:

xobrunettekisses:

mrswika:

mrswika

The same brooch.
The same pearls. 
The same love. 

too beautiful not to reblog

the royal fam is my favourite thing

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anarchosaur:

rtrixie:

If I was from Hong Kong, I too would be fighting tooth and nail to get the Chinese government out of the city again and preserve my freedom against the nightmare that is communist China.
Support Hong Kong independence.

Gib back Hong Kong and Weiheiwei pls

anarchosaur:

rtrixie:

If I was from Hong Kong, I too would be fighting tooth and nail to get the Chinese government out of the city again and preserve my freedom against the nightmare that is communist China.

Support Hong Kong independence.

Gib back Hong Kong and Weiheiwei pls

There is no h o p e for any of us

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Sir Ian and Michael Gambon continue to be the most awesome people alive. [via]

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troy-and-abed-in-a-bubble:

Coming into Hot Topic like

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-firstcome-firststaked-:

To the legend that is Harrison Ford, Happy 72nd Birthday. You’re the archeologist that made us all want to pick up a whip, put on a fedora and go after legends. You’re the kick ass and legendary Han Solo that had a wookie for a side kick. You’re the whimsical cowboy from The Frisco Kid, an inventor that had a dream of going to Mosquito Coast, a Blade Runner and so many other great roles that made you the legend you are. Have a tremendous day and Whip It!!

talldarkarab:

rosyln:

Life in Gaza

Wow

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“And then…he ripped his beard right off!”

—   Dwarf horror stories (via hobbitfing)