Catholic Church Persecution
[...] when confronted by heresy she does not content herself with persuasion; arguments of an intellectual and moral order appear to her insufficient and she has recourse to force, to corporal punishment, to torture. [...]
Baudrillart, Alfred, The Catholic Church, the Renaissance and Protestantism, London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, & Co, 1907, p. 182.
Morland, Samuel, The History of the Evangelical Churches of the Valleys of Piemont, London: printed by Henry Hills, one of His Highness's printers, for Adoniram Byfield, 1658.
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Anna, daughter to Giovanni Charboniere of La Torre, had a long stake thrust into her privities, by some of the souldiers, who in a barbarous way carried her upon their shoulders in manner of an ensign, till they had wearied themselves, each man in his turn, and then they stuck the other end down into the ground, and so left her hanging in the ayr upon the stakes end, as a most formidable and horrid spectacle to all that passed by that way.
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