Dead Pope sent up the river

The “Cadaver Synod” a macabre chapter in papal history

Pope Formosus on trial

Former Pope Formosus sat silently through his trial, charged by Pope Stephen VII* of several crimes, including having acceded to the papacy illegally.

He did not question the legality of the proceedings, nor did he answer to the mostly bogus charges against him. He was not allowed to testify on his…




Lessons from History is a platform for writers who share ideas and inspirational stories from world history. The objective is to promote history on Medium and demonstrate the value of historical writing.

Recommended from Medium

A Handful of Buttons

D-Day By The Numbers

Freedom Riders — Warriors in some of the Civil Rights Bloodiest Battles

How colonialism and racism determined our view on religion

The Oldest Continuously Inhabited City In The World

Turlupin: A Kind of Mysterious, Feral, Heretical Nudist, of Sorts

Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Famous Kon-Tiki Expedition


Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Dale M. Brumfield

Dale M. Brumfield

Anti-death penalty advocate, cultural archaeologist, “American Grotesk” historyteller and author of 11 books. More at

More from Medium

Bizarre Crimes People Were Transported to Australia & America For

The Chilling Story of a Serial Killer Who Terrorized Nazi-Occupied Paris

The Woman Who Brought Down Lucky Luciano

On The Run From Independence