Events in History in 1593

  • Jan 5 William Louis of Nassau becomes governor/viceroy of Drenthe
  • Jan 27 Vatican opens blasphemy and theological heresy trial against Italian scholar and wayward friar Giordano Bruno; proceedings drag on for over 7 years [1]
  • 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

Event of Interest

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

  • Jun 22 Battle of Sisak: Allied Christian troops defeat the Turks
  • Jun 28 Earl Mauritius conquers Geertruidenberg

Event of Interest

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

  • Aug 20 'The Massacre of the Innocents': In Timbuktu prominent citizens rounded up and some killed by invading Moroccan forces who then pillage the city, ending its golden age
  • 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