A monumental statue of Giordano Bruno stands in the heart of Rome as a reminder of the remorse of the people who accused him and sentenced him to death. Although the statue shows a man dressed as a monk, there is also something mysterious about him, even magical. Despite being a Christian, Giordano in his lifetime managed to terrify the church.
Giordano Bruno was born on January 1st, 1548 in Nola as Filippo Bruno. His full name in Latin was Iordanus Brunus Nolanus. Giordano discovered an interest in science at an early age, but he also had an interest in astrology, poetry, philosophy and mathematics which was a controversial mixture for the time. He was not someone who was necessarily interested in ‘the norm’ but rather he had an appetite for analysis and discovery. Giordano Bruno also wrote about magic, which wasn’t a typical topic for people connected to the church. As a Dominican friar, he was expected to be against all supernatural beliefs, but he created a book, that could be called his manifesto, discussing the magic he believed in.
Bruno was arrested on 22 May 1592. The numerous charges included; blasphemy and heresy, immoral conduct, dogmatic theology, and some basic doctrines of cosmology and philosophy. During the seven years of his trial in Rome, Bruno was held in confinement, lastly in the Tower of Nona. On Ash Wednesday, 17 February 1600 He was hung before he was finally burned at the stake. His ashes were thrown into the Tiber river and his works were placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1603.