Friday Fictioneers: Leonor

It’s time once again for Friday Fictioneers. This forum consists of 100 plus writers who share in 100 ish words stories based around a photo prompt chosen by our fearless leader Rochelle. Click on the photo below to go to Rochelle’s site from there the little blue frog will lead you to stories a-go-go!

PHOTO PROMPT - © Dee Lovering

Photo by: Dee Lovering


by JE Lillie

They told me Antonio had recanted. I should have known better. The great Herezuelo would never have bent the knee. But I was a weak woman too concerned with my position and the comforts of this life. I feared the arm of the inquisition and forgot the promise of greater things. I traded my faith for the dusty trappings of religion once again.

It has been ten years since they burned my love at the stake. All those years I have spent working up my own courage. Today at last the flames lick my feet.

Leonor De Cisneros burned at the stake in 1568 for embracing the Protestant faith.

31 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: Leonor

    • Thanks Patrick. It was a challenging piece to write. Actually this is not true religion. James tells us, that true religion is to “care for widows and orphans.” I wonder how different the Inquisition would have been if they had done that.

  1. Acto de fe – murder in the name of the same god who said thou shalt not kill. Aren’t Christians wonderful!

    • I find most humans are greatly sinful mick whatever faith or lack thereof they espouse. It’s one of the reasons I cannot embrace humanism as a philosophy, and embrace grace as one of life’s greatest needs.
      I have discovered that hope is not found in lamenting the flames; It is discovered in the process of celebrating those who have the courage to face them. Thanks so much for reading and giving me such a rich comment to engage with you on!

    • No denying Bjorn. It is incredible how humans can take something so pure and corrupt it to such a level and then rationalize it as a righteous act. It is a testament that the Scriuptures are true when they declare “The heart is deceitful above all things
      and beyond cure.
      Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
      Redemption and grace are things we all need.
      And yet as I was telling Patrick the Inquisition is not an example of true religion. James teaches us that “True religion is to care for widows and orphans.” It does not create widows and orphans!

  2. Very powerful piece on the choices faced by people during those times – abandon your religion, bend to the Inquisition and live, or defy the Inquisition, stay true to your religion and die.

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