On this date in 1300 (July 18th), Gerard Segarelli was burned at the stake in ‪#‎Parma‬, Italy. He was the founder of a group known as the Apostolic Brethren. As a young man, Gerard had tried to join the Franciscan monastery in Parma but was turned away, apparently for being a little strange. In 1260, when he was about 20 years old, he sold his possessions and passed out the proceeds in Parma’s market square. He grew out his hair and beard and began wearing only a white tunic, with no shoes. He wandered the streets calling people to repent, for the kingdom of Heaven was at hand. He advocated complete poverty and simplicity, as a reaction to the wealth and worldliness of the established churches. Eventually he gathered some followers, at which point he hit the road and started preaching in other cities. In 1286 Gerard was banned from his hometown of Parma, but went there anyway in 1294. He was arrested, imprisoned, and sentenced to death.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Martyrs Series.

foto di Marginal Mennonite Society.
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