night, till the early hours of this morning, I read MORRIS WEST'S final
novel before his death, THE LAST CONFESSION, which is about GIORDANO
BRUNO, Dominican monk and rationalist philosopher, who was burnt at the
stake in Rome's Campo dei Flori on Feb 17, 1600.
Bruno's beliefs and
writings were considered heretical by the Catholic Church.
and tortured by the Holy Office of the Inquisition, and incarcerated for
seven years in Rome's worst prison, Bruno was given the opportunity to
recant but chose instead to die for his beliefs.