|Parts is parts.|
Yazdegerd, who had previously been tough one the Zoroastrians, wound up with the nicknames Al-Khasha (the Harsh) and Al-Athim (the Wicked). Sometime around 420 he died, probably assassinated by the nobles of his court. The story went around that he was slain by a fantastic horse that magically emerged from a river. Or maybe a fever. Or poison. Yeah, any of those seem likely.
There were a few years of warfare for control of the Empire, following which Yaz' son Barhram V took over. James the Persian, who had gotten a letter from his wife and mom telling him not to come home anymore, started rethinking the apostasy thing. Eventually he informed his new boss, Emperor Bahram, that he was a Christian after all.
|Nice togs, Jim.|
Intercisus means cut up into pieces. Twenty-eight pieces, in this case. All the folks in the city gathered in a large arena to see the execution; angels and demons also showed up to cheer and jeer.
First the fingers were cut off one by one. Then the feet, then the hands. They the legs at the knees, followed by the hands, followed by the thighs, and then the arms. He was still conscious, praying for strength, when he was just a head on a torso. Disappointed, Bahram gave the order for the beheading.