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Famous People Who Were Burned to Death

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List of famous people who were executed by burning, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who were burned to death are listed alphabetically and include the famous execution by burning victims’ hometowns and biographical info about them when available. List items include Clifton Young, Jeanne d'Arc and many additional items as well. These notable execution by burning deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has burned to death as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (9 Items)

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    Joan of Arc, or the Maiden of Orleans, is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. During the Hundred Years War, she had visions that the Archangel Michael instructed her to support King Charles VII and recover France from English control. In 1430 she was caught by English supporters and put on trial and was sentenced to burn at the stake in 1431. 25 years later, she was declared innocent and martyr to the French.

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    Profession: Military Leader
    Age: Died at 19 (1412-1431)
    Birthplace: Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France
    Cause Of Death: Death by burning
    Place Of Death: Rouen, France
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    One of the first mothers of mathematics, Hypatia was a Greek Alexandrine Neoplantonist in Egypt, where she was also head of the Platonist school of Alexandria. While there are differing stories on what exactly happened that caused Hypatia to be murdered, it's known for sure that she opposed the Christian government with her teachings of science and mathematics during a tense time between the Jews and Christians of Alexandria, and was captured, stripped of her clothes and murdered, then her body was burned in 415 C.E.

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    Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Scientist, Philosopher, Astronomer
    Age: Died at 65 (350-415)
    Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
    Cause Of Death: Murder, Death by burning, Flaying
    Place Of Death: Alexandria, Egypt
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    Giordano Bruno was an Italian Dominican friar, astrologer, poet, mathematician, and philosopher who was imprisoned and tried for blasphemy and heresy against Venice, as well as his belief in a plurality of worlds during the Roman Inquisition. He was burned at the stake in 1600, and his ashes were dumped into the Tiber River.

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    Profession: Mathematician, Astrologer, Writer, Philosopher
    Age: Died at 52 (1548-1600)
    Birthplace: Nola, Italy
    Cause Of Death: Death by burning
    Place Of Death: Rome, Italy
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    Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the English Reformation, Thomas Cranmer was instrumental in reforming the church while King Edward VI had the throne. However, once he died and Roman Catholic Mary I took the throne,  Cranmer was imprisoned for heresy and treason. Though eventually claiming faith for the Catholic church, he retreated on his new religious claims the day of his execution, becoming a martyr and a Roman Catholic heretic. He was burned at the stake in 1556.

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    Profession: Priest, Diplomat
    Age: Died at 67 (1489-1556)
    Birthplace: Aslockton, United Kingdom
    Schools: University of Cambridge, Jesus College, Cambridge, Magdalene College, Cambridge
    Cause Of Death: Death by burning
    Place Of Death: Broad Street, Oxford
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    Nicholas Ridley was an English Bishop of London who was burned at the stake for his support for Lady Jane Grey and for the Christian reform when Roman Catholic Mary I took the throne. He spoke out publicly against Mary, causing him, Lady Grey, and her lead supporters to all be killed. Ridley was burned at the stake in 1555. He and Thomas Cranmer are known now as the Oxford Martyrs.

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    Age: Died at 55 (1500-1555)
    Birthplace: Tynedale, United Kingdom
    Schools: University of Cambridge, Pembroke College, Cambridge
    Cause Of Death: Death by burning
    Place Of Death: Broad Street, Oxford
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    Jacques de Molay was the last Grand Master of the Knights of Templar, leading the Order until it dissolved in 1307. The Crusades were waning during this time, especially due to a lack of support from Europe, and de Molay's duty was to revive it and regain support from European kings. However, claims of the Templar acting out against the church caused them to get arrested for heresy. de Molay spent seven years in prison before finally being executed, being burned upon a scaffold on an island in the River Seine in Paris in 1314.

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    Age: Died at 70 (1244-1314)
    Birthplace: Haute-Saône, France
    Cause Of Death: Death by burning
    Place Of Death: Paris, France
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