Keys to the Past

Glossary

Martyr

A person put to death for their religious beliefs. These people have usually been canonised to become saints. People were put to death in the Roman period for their religion, (usually Christianity), by a number of means by others who believed in different gods. In Medieval period and the Reformation people were put to death as heretics, for examples Bishops Thomas Latimer and Hugh Ridley at Oxford, by burnt at the stake - by people who shared the same God, but had a different Catholic or Protestant viewpoint.

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