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People Executed by Burning

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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

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

    Saint Afra

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    Agnes Potten and Joan Trunchfield

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    Alexander Gooch and Alice Driver

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    Alice Arden Died at 35 (1516-1551)

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    Died at 71 (1520-1591)

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    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

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    Thomas Bagley

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    Bakenranef

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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 Died at 45 (1495-1540)

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    Died at 45 (1230-1275)

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    Basil the Copper Hand

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    Sarah Basset

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    Richard Bayfield

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    Maria and Ursula van Beckum

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    Ursula van Beckum

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    Guillaume Bélibaste

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    Thomas Bennet

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    Pietro Bernardino Died at 27 (1475-1502)

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    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 Died at 38 (1491-1529)

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    Joan Bocher

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    Botulf Botulfsson

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    Joan Boughton

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    Died at 45 (1510-1555)

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    Pierre Brully Died at 27 (1518-1545)

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    Died at 52 (1548-1600)

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    Canterbury Martyrs

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    Maria Barbara Carillo Died at 96 (1625-1721)

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    Dirick Carver

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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

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    Jacques Chausson Died at 43 (1618-1661)

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    Wendelmoet Claesdochter

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

    Adolf Clarenbach

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    Eric Clauesson

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    Thomas Conecte

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    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

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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

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    Diego de Enzinas Died at 27 (1520-1547)

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