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List of famous martyrs, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top martyrs in the world? This includes the most prominent martyrs, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Many of these martyrs were either burned to death or suffered other brutal torture and killing methods. This list of notable martyrs is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic martyrs were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned martyrs.

This list of the greatest martyrs in history include Joan of Arc, François-Jean de la Barre, and more. Martyred saints are brave examples of people willing to die for their beliefs. Whether they were Christian, Catholic, female, or other, this list has them all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known martyrs to the lesser known martyrs of today, these are some of the best professionals in the martyr field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous martyrs ever?" and "What are the names of famous martyrs?" then you're in the right place. 

Paul the Apostle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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

Profession: Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker, Writer

Cause Of Death: Decapitation

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John Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Martyrs
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John Brown was a white American abolitionist who believed armed insurrection was the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. During the 1856 conflict in Kansas, Brown commanded forces at the Battle of Black Jack and the Battle of Osawatomie. Brown's followers also killed five slavery supporters at Pottawatomie. In 1859, Brown led an unsuccessful raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry that ended with his capture. Brown's trial resulted in his conviction and a sentence of death by hanging. Brown's attempt in 1859 to start a liberation movement among enslaved African Americans in Harpers Ferry, Virginia, electrified the nation. He was tried for treason ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 59 (1800-1859)

Birthplace: Torrington, Connecticut, United States of America

Cause Of Death: Hanging

Place Of Death: Charles Town, West Virginia, United States of America

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Martyrs
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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. The uncrowned King Charles VII sent Joan to the siege of Orléans as part of a relief mission. She gained prominence after the siege was lifted in only nine days. Several additional swift victories led to Charles VII's coronation at Reims. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 19 (1412-1431)

Birthplace: Domrémy-la-Pucelle, France

Profession: Military Leader

Cause Of Death: Death by burning

Place Of Death: Rouen, France

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#72 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Thomas Becket is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous 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: Cheapside, United Kingdom

Profession: Priest, Bishop

Cause Of Death: Assassination

Place Of Death: Canterbury, United Kingdom

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