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Broken Promises

Kings of Italy and Bohemia both promised safe transport and safe custody to the great pre-Reformation Bohemian reformer, John Hus. Both, however, broke their promises, leading to Hus’s martyrdom in 1415. Earlier, Thomas Wentworth had carried a document signed by King Charles I which read, “Upon the word of a king you shall not suffer in life, honour, or fortune.” It was not long, however, before Wentworth’s death warrant was signed by the same monarch!

Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 16