Famous Male Martyrs

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List of famous male martyrs, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male martyrs list contains the most prominent and top males known for being martyrs. There are thousand of males working as martyrs in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic martyrs have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a martyr then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male martyrs, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male martyrs?" and "Who are the best male martyrs?"
Paul the Apostle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Martyrs
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Paul the Apostle, originally known as Saul of Tarsus, was an apostle who taught the gospel of Christ to the first-century world. He is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age. In the mid-30s to the mid-50s, he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe. Paul used his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to advantage in his ministry to both Jewish and Roman audiences. According to writings in the New Testament Paul, who was known as Saul early on, was dedicated to the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus in the area of Jerusalem. In the narrative of the book of Acts, while Paul was traveling on the road from Jerusalem to Damascus on a ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Tarsus, Turkey

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Thomas Becket is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Martyrs
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Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170. He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. He engaged in conflict with Henry II of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. Soon after his death, he was canonised by Pope Alexander III. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 52 (1118-1170)

Birthplace: United Kingdom

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Saint Peter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Martyrs
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Saint Peter, also known as Simon Peter, according to the New Testament, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ, leaders of the early Christian Church. The Catholic Church considers him to be the first Pope, ordained by Jesus in the "Rock of My Church" dialogue in Matthew 16:18. The ancient Christian churches all venerate Peter as a major saint and associate him with founding the Church of Antioch and later the Church in Rome, but differ about the authority of his various successors in present-day Christianity. The New Testament indicates that Peter was the son of John and was from the village of Bethsaida in the province of Galilee or Gaulanitis. His brother Andrew was also an ...more on Wikipedia

Birthplace: Bethsaida, Syria

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Thomas Cranmer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Martyrs
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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 English Church from union with the Holy See. Along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm. During Cranmer's tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury, he was responsible for establishing the first doctrinal and liturgical structures of the reformed Church of England. Under Henry's rule, Cranmer did not ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 67 (1489-1556)

Birthplace: Aslockton, United Kingdom

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