This Day in Jewish History A False Messiah Burns at the Stake

Raised as a Catholic son of conversos, Solomon Molcho decided he was the Jewish Messiah, and opted to die for his beliefs rather than recant.

On December 13, 1532, the false messiah Solomon Molcho was burned at the stake in Mantua, Italy. As a Catholic-raised son of converso Jews who returned on his own to Judaism, and then allied himself with a Jewish adventurer from the East who tried to enlist the help of European monarchs in his military intrigues, it was perhaps inevitable that Molkho would end up accused of heresy and pay the ultimate price.