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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’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. List people include Clifton Young, Jeanne d'Arc and many additional people 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 People)



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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.

    Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans", is considered a heroine of France and a Roman Catholic saint. She was born to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle, a peasant family, at Domrémy in north-east France. Joan said she received visions of the Archangel Michael, Saint Margaret and Saint Catherine ...more

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    • Age: Died at 19 (1412-1431)
    • Birthplace: Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France
    • Profession: Military Leader
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    Hypatia
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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.

    Hypatia was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher in Egypt, then a part of the Byzantine Empire. She was the head of the Neoplatonic school at Alexandria, where she taught philosophy and astronomy. According to contemporary sources, Hypatia was murdered by a Christian mob after being ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (350-415)
    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
    • Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Scientist, Philosopher, Astronomer
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    Giordano Bruno
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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.

    Giordano Bruno, born Filippo Bruno, was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, and astrologer. He is celebrated for his cosmological theories, which went even further than the then-novel Copernican model. He proposed that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1548-1600)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Italy, Nola, Southern Europe, + more
    • Profession: Mathematician, Astrologer, Writer, Philosopher
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    Thomas Cranmer
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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.

    Thomas Cranmer was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I. He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which was one of the causes of the separation of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1489-1556)
    • Birthplace: Aslockton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Diplomat
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    Nicholas Ridley
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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.

    Nicholas Ridley was an English Bishop of London Ridley was burned at the stake, as one of the Oxford Martyrs, during the Marian Persecutions, for his teachings and his support of Lady Jane Grey. Ridley is remembered with a commemoration in the calendar of saints in some parts of the Anglican Communion ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1500-1555)
    • Birthplace: Tynedale, United Kingdom
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    Jacques de Molay
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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.

    Jacques de Molay was the 23rd and last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, leading the Order from 20 April 1292 until it was dissolved by order of Pope Clement V in 1307. Though little is known of his actual life and deeds except for his last years as Grand Master, he is the best known Templar, along ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1244-1314)
    • Birthplace: Haute-Saône, France
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    Lisbeth Nypan was an alleged Norwegian witch and was the penultimate person to be burned at the stake for witchcraft in Norway in 1670, and one of the most famous victims of the witch hunts of Norway. 

    Lisbet Nypan was an alleged Norwegian witch. As one of the most famous victims of the witch-hunts in her country, she was also the penultimate defendant to be executed for witchcraft in Norway. The case against Lisbet and her husband, Ole Nypan, is the only Norwegian witch-hunt described by Rossell Hope ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1610-1670)
    • Birthplace: Sør-Trøndelag, Norway
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    William Tyndale
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    William Tyndale was a leader in the Protestant reform and is best known for translating the Bible into English and for his published book, The Obedience of a Christian Man. However, his translation of the Bible led to accusations of heresy, and Tyndale was imprisoned and then sentenced to be strangled to death, and then his body burned at the stake in 1536.

    William Tyndale was an English scholar who became a leading figure in Protestant reform in the years leading up to his execution. He is well known for his translation of the Bible into English. He was influenced by the work of Desiderius Erasmus, who made the Greek New Testament available in Europe, and ...more

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    • Birthplace: North Nibley, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Writer
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    Hugh Latimer
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    Hugh Latimer was a Fellow at Clare College, a Bishop of Worchester, and later, a Church of England Champlain to King Edward VII. He was one of the three Oxford Martyrs who was burned at the stake under Queen Mary's orders for supporting Lady Jane Grey and for being a heretic against the Roman Catholic Church in 1555.

    Hugh Latimer was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and Bishop of Worcester before the Reformation, and later Church of England chaplain to King Edward VI. In 1555 under Queen Mary he was burned at the stake, becoming one of the three Oxford Martyrs of Anglicanism.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1487-1555)
    • Birthplace: Thurcaston, United Kingdom
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    Geoffroi de Charney

    Geoffroi de Charney was a member of the Order of the Knights of Templar, all of whom were arrested for heresy due to false accusations made against them for acting out against the Church during the end times of the Crusades. All of them were burned at the stake in 1314, seven years after being arrested and imprisoned.  

    Geoffroi de Charney, was Preceptor of Normandy for the Knights Templar. Charney was accepted into the Order of Knights Templar at a young age by Amaury de la Roche, the Preceptor of France. Present at the ceremony was brother Jean le Franceys, Preceptor of Pédenac. In 1307 de Charny was arrested, along ...more

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    Alice Arden

    Alice Arden was the daughter of John Brigantine and Alice Squire, who conspired to have her husband,Thomas Arden murdered so she could carry on with a long-term affair with a tailor, Richard Moseby. The murder took place on 14 February 1551. She was tried, convicted, and burnt at the stake for her part in the murder.

    Alice Arden was the daughter of John Brigantine and Alice Squire, who conspired to have her husband, Thomas Arden of Faversham, murdered so she could carry on with a long-term affair with a tailor, Richard Moseby. The murder took place on 14 February 1551. She was tried, convicted, and burnt at the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1516-1551)
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    Clifton Young
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    Clifton Young was a Hollywood child actor who starred in the "Our Gang" films from 1925 to 1931. He then went on to star in westerns and other projects later in life. In 1951 when he was 34, he fell asleep while smoking and set his hotel on fire, killing himself in the process.

    Robert Howard "Clifton" Young was an American film actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1917-1951)
    • Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
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