England’s bloody Tribunal
England’s bloody tribunal: or, popish cruelty displayed Containing a compleat account of the lives, religious principles, cruel persecutions, … of the most pious English Protestant martyrs
Protestants were executed under laws during persecutions against Protestant religious reformers for their religious denomination during the reigns of Henry VIII and Mary I of England. Radical Christians also were executed, though in much smaller numbers. Protestants in England and Wales were executed under legislation that punished anyone judged guilty of heresy against Catholicism.
Although the standard penalty for those convicted of treason in England at the time was execution by being hanged, drawn and quartered, this legislation adopted the punishment of burning the condemned. At least 300 people were recognised as burned over the five years of Mary I’s reign by contemporary sources.