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A lit of people who have been executed utilizing fire as a form of capital punishment. The practice of killing people as a form of execution goes back to Classical Antiquity, and has been regularly used around the world since due to both the public spectacle caused by the act and the intense pain of burn wounds. In Ancient Sicily, the Greek tyrant Phalaris, for example, was famed for roasting his enemies alive inside a bronze bull. (The designer of the bull, and even Phalaris himself, were eventually executed using the device.)

Burning was also popular among the Ancient Romans (and was a popular method of executing Jewish and early Christian martyrs) and the native Indians of North America. The last person to be burned alive for heresy in England was Baptist Edward Wightmen in 1612, who was burned at the stake in a market square in Staffordshire.

Burning at the stake is the most iconic and infamous method for execution-by-fire, and was the method employed as punitive sentence during the famed Salem Witch Trials. Eventually, prisoners were burned only after suffering other torments or humiliations, such as being hanged, drawn or quartered.

This list includes historical figures known or thought to have been executed by fire.

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Abraham ben Abraham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list People Executed by Burning
Abraham ben Abraham Died at 49 (1700-1749)

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Aefgen Listincx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list People Executed by Burning
Aefgen Listincx

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Saint Afra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Alexander Gooch and Alice Driv... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Alyona is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Alice Arden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list People Executed by Burning
Alice Arden Died at 35 (1516-1551)

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Marigje Arriens is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list People Executed by Burning
Marigje Arriens Died at 71 (1520-1591)

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Anne Askew is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list People Executed by Burning
Anne Askew Died at 25 (1521-1546)

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Avvakum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list People Executed by Burning
Avvakum Died at 62 (1620-1682)

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Quiwe Baarsen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Thomas Bagley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Bakenranef is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Jan de Bakker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list People Executed by Burning
Jan de Bakker Died at 26 (1499-1525)

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Robert Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list People Executed by Burning
Robert Barnes Died at 45 (1495-1540)

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Angéle de la Barthe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list People Executed by Burning
Angéle de la Barthe Died at 45 (1230-1275)

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Basil the Copper Hand is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Sarah Basset is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Richard Bayfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Maria and Ursula van Beckum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Ursula van Beckum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Guillaume Bélibaste is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Thomas Bennet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Pietro Bernardino is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list People Executed by Burning
Pietro Bernardino Died at 27 (1475-1502)

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Merga Bien is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list People Executed by Burning
Merga Bien Died at 43 (1560-1603)

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Thomas Bilney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list People Executed by Burning
Thomas Bilney Died at 36 (1495-1531)

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George Blaurock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list People Executed by Burning
George Blaurock Died at 38 (1491-1529)

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Joan Bocher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Botulf Botulfsson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Joan Boughton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list People Executed by Burning

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John Bradford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list People Executed by Burning
John Bradford Died at 45 (1510-1555)

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Pierre Brully is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list People Executed by Burning
Pierre Brully Died at 27 (1518-1545)

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Giordano Bruno is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list People Executed by Burning
Giordano Bruno Died at 52 (1548-1600)

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Canterbury Martyrs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Maria Barbara Carillo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list People Executed by Burning
Maria Barbara Carillo Died at 96 (1625-1721)

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Dirick Carver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Ana de Castro is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Cecco d'Ascoli is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list People Executed by Burning
Cecco d'Ascoli Died at 70 (1257-1327)

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Geoffroi de Charney is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list People Executed by Burning
Geoffroi de Charney

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Jacques Chausson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list People Executed by Burning
Jacques Chausson Died at 43 (1618-1661)

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Wendelmoet Claesdochter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Adolf Clarenbach is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Eric Clauesson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Thomas Conecte is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list People Executed by Burning

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Thomas Cranmer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list People Executed by Burning
Thomas Cranmer Died at 67 (1489-1556)

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William Crawford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list People Executed by Burning
William Crawford Died at 50 (1732-1782)

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Didrik Slagheck is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list People Executed by Burning
Didrik Slagheck

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Fra Dolcino is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list People Executed by Burning
Fra Dolcino Died at 57 (1250-1307)

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Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list People Executed by Burning
Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis

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Diego de Enzinas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list People Executed by Burning
Diego de Enzinas Died at 27 (1520-1547)