Originally Posted by Crystal Rainbow
I was just thinking of English history, was that the first burning at the stake in England. I think they had executed women before that but it was by hanging or beheading. I think Anne Askew was one of Catherine Parr's ladies in waiting.
Burning at the stake in England did not begin with Henry VIII.
As early as 1222, during the reign of Henry III, a deacon of the church was burnt at Oxford for embracing the Jewish faith so he could marry a Jew.
In 1401, Henry IV authorised a Statute of Heresy which gave the clergy power to arrest and try those suspected of heresy. The first to suffer under the new act was one William Sautre, a priest, who was executed at Lynn (which has been known as King's Lynn since Henry VIII's reign) in Norfolk in 1402 by being burnt at the stake.
The worst English monarch for burning people at the stake was Mary I, who roasted 274 Protestants of both genders in just five years.
However, the English never used burning at the stake as much as their counterparts in Scotland and the European Continent did.