The Tudor Society

6 February – Burning the Dead

On this day in Tudor history, the remains of reformers Martin Bucer and Paul Fagius were exhumed and publicly burned in Cambridge, after the men were posthumously found guilty of heresy. I tell you more in this video:

There is the idea that burning people prevented their bodies from being resurrected at the Day of Judgement but then Samantha Wilcoxson mentioned, when talking about burning heretics alive, that the stake was a last chance for them to be saved, that it was hoped that the suffering might make then recant so that their souls could be saved. Hmmm... I'd love to hear your thoughts on this as I've been hearing conflicting views on this.

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