An interesting note about this picture is that they if you could afford it the executioner would put gunpowder behind the heads of the condemned. Hence the firework ‘Roman Candle’
Why were people willing to die for their
beliefs in the 16th Century?
By Mr RJ Huggins
What did people believe?
• Both Catholics and Protestants believed that
only members of their own religion would go
• Each tried to convince the other to change
religion in order to save their souls from Hell.
• Hell was a place of everlasting torture.
Who has been sent to Hell in this Source?
Why were there mass murders of
both Catholics & Protestants?
• Members of each faith believed that they
could save peoples’ souls by getting them to
change religion through torture.
Both Catholics and Protestants were prepared
to die for their beliefs in order to avoid Hell.
French Catholics Murdering
Protestants in Paris
• How has the artist made
the painting look
• Was the artist a Catholic
or a Protestant? Why?
• The execution of William Tyndale in 1536. He was executed
for translating the Bible into English so that ordinary people
could read it.
The Act of Supremacy
• Henry VIII had
everybody who refused
to accept him as head of
the Church of England
executed for treason.
• These monks are being
hung, drawn and
All you have to do is become a
Catholic for the pain to stop.
What effect did the burning of the Martyrs
have during Mary’s Reign?
‘We shall this day light
such a candle, by God’s
Grace in England, as I
trust shall never be put out’
• Why were people willing to die for their
• Remember to include:
• Peoples’ beliefs about Hell
• Why were people afraid to change their religion?
• What effect did the burning of the martyrs have on the
growth of Protestantism?
Illustrate your answer with a diagram of someone being burnt
to death with a thought bubble to show why they were willing
to die for their beliefs