I know a bit about Giordano Bruno. I wrote a long poem about him many years ago that gained me a little notoriety at the time. The peculiar thing about his case (regrettably, burning people at the stake was not peculiar at the time and was accepted practice on all sides) is that Cardinal Robert Bellarmine has worked out a deal with Bruno that would have saved the friar from Nola's life. At the last moment Bruno repudiated the agreement and in effect signed his own death warrant.
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