Execution of famous religious people: Here is a list of the well-known godly people, executed by a government. For these saints and holy men, the death penalty put an end to their righteous life. Most of these holy men and women worked toward living a divine life, but had fatal ends. You can sort this list by any column and share your opinion about these religious peoples executions.Some of these religious figures sentenced to death are very well known (like Jesus and Joan of Arc) while others on the religious martyrs list are lesser known to the masses (Michael Servetus and Lucilio Vanini). Regardless of how well you know these executed religious icons, you'll find them all on the list of people persecuted for their religion.