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Victim of Persecution?
In passing you described Giordano Bruno as a "victim of persecution". I am not sure those he betrayed to the secret police and the torturer Topcliffe would agree. While working as the chaplain to the French Embassy in London, 1583-1585, he betrayed the Recusants and their confessions. They were subsequently arrested and tortured, and subject to attainer - thus, their families lost all their possessions and titles.
To give a more modern analogy, it is describing a psychologist selling out patients to the Taliban or Daesh as being persecuted when captured and imprisoned by their opponents.
Thanks, that's an interesting point. I will need to look into this more when I write the episode about him but at least usually I guess historians present him as someone who was put to death for religious reasons, i.e. as a heretic, and not because he deserved it for political shenanigans. (Plus he was burned alive, and I guess whatever you think he did or didn't do, you'd have to be a pretty vindictive theory of justice to think anyone ever deserves that.) But I only know the story in vague terms and certainly accusations of heresy were often, in fact usually, more like excuses for taking down political opponents. So what you say is plausible to me in that sense. I look forward to learning more about the whole episode soon!
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