This Day in Jewish History 1739: Playwright Accused of Judaism Is Burned at the Stake

Church authorities may have gone after Joao Mendes da Silva because of the subversive quality of his plays.

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On October 19, 1739 (some sources say a day earlier), the Portuguese poet and playwright Antonio Jose da Silva, a New Christian, was garroted and then burned at the stake in Lisbon, after having been convicted...