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1593 in History

Events in History

  • Jan 5 William Louis of Nassau becomes governor/viceroy of Drenthe
  • Jan 27 Vatican opens 7 year trial against scholar Giordano Bruno
  • Mar 1 The Uppsala Synod is summoned to confirm the exact forms of the Lutheran Church of Sweden.
  • Mar 23 English Separatist Puritans John Greenwood and Henry Barrowe tried and sentenced to death on the charge of devising and circulating seditious books
  • Mar 25 Recantation of Loos, Dutch scholar Coinelius Loos recants his earlier written protest against witchcraft persecution in Trier, Germany before officials in Brussels

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May 18 Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe

Dramatist and Playwright Thomas Kyd
Dramatist and Playwright
Thomas Kyd
  • Jun 22 Battle of Sisak: Allied Christian troops defeat the Turks
  • Jun 28 Earl Mauritius conquers Geertruidenberg

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Jul 25 France's Protestant King Henry IV converts to Roman Catholic faith

  • Oct 24 Alleged teleportation of Spanish soldier Gil Perez from the Philippines to Mexico
  • Dec 15 State of Holland grants patent on windmill with a crankshaft
  • Dec 24 Storm hits Texel: 40 ships hit, 500 killed

Birthdays in History

  • Mar 19 Georges de la Tour, French painter
  • Mar 25 Jean de Brébeuf, French Jesuit missionary (d. 1649)
  • Apr 3 George Herbert, English metaphysical poet (5 Mystical Songs), born in Montgomery, Wales (d. 1633)
  • Apr 4 Edward Nicholas, English statesman (Secretary of State to Charles I and Charles II), born in Winterbourne Earls, United Kingdom (d. 1669)
  • Apr 13 Thomas Wentworth, 1st earl of Strafford and Viceroy of Ireland, born in London, England (d. 1641)
  • Apr 27 Mumtaz Mahal, Empress consort of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal as her mausoleum and symbol of his undying love, born in Agra, Mughal Empire (d. 1631)
  • May 20 Jacob Jordaens, Flemish baroque artist
  • May 20 Salomo Glassius, German theologian (d. 1656)
  • Jul 8 Artemisia Gentileschi, Italian baroque painter, born in Rome (d. 1653)
  • Aug 9 Izaak Walton, English biographer and author (The Compleat Angler), born in Stafford, England (d. 1683)
  • Aug 23 Fulvio Testi, Italian poet (Pianto d'Italia), born in Ferrara, Italy (d. 1646)
  • Sep 25 Matthew Merian the Elder, Swiss engraver and bookseller, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1650)
  • Oct 11 Nicolaas Tulp, Mayor of Amsterdam (1654-71), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1674)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 6 Emperor Ōgimachi, 106th Emperor of Japan, dies at 75
  • Feb 7 Jacques Amyot, French humanist, translator and Abbot of Bellozanne, dies at 79
  • Apr 6 Henry Barrow, English puritian/Congressionalist, hanged
  • Apr 6 John Greenwood, English Congressionalist, hanged
  • May 29 John Penry, Welsh protestant martyr (Marprelate tracts), executed for sedition at about 30
  • May 30 Christopher Marlowe, English dramatist and poet (Tamburlaine the Great), stabbed to death in a pub brawl in Deptford at about 29
  • Jun 25 Michele Mercati, Italian physician and gardener (Vatican Botanical Garden), dies at 52
  • Jul 11 Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1st surrealist painter, dies (birth date unkn)
  • Jul 25 Steven Haghen, navigator/governor of Ambon (1617-18), dies at 61