Sunday, May 13, 2012
May 13, 1497 Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola (Italian Dominican friar and an influential contributor to the politics of Florence. Savonarola vehemently preached against the moral corruption of much of the clergy at the time, and his main opponent was Rodrigo Borgia). 1515 Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk were officially married at Greenwich. 1568 Battle of Langside: the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, were defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother. 1637 Cardinal Richelieu of France created the table knife.