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Tudor fact file

Burning at the stake



  • When Mary I became queen she changed the country back to the Catholic religion.
  • Mary's brother had made England Protestant when he was king. She quickly cancelled his religious laws.
  • Leading Protestants like Thomas Cranmer were arrested and put in prison.
  • Mary punished many religious people because they would not follow her ways. They were called 'heretics' because they would not follow the religion that Mary wanted them to.
  • The punishment for heretics was death.
  • Heretics were burned at the stake.
  • After 1555 Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake.
  • 270 Protestant priests and ordinary people were burned at the stake.
  • Mary became known as 'Bloody Mary' because of the number of deaths she ordered.


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