burning at the stake

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Noun1.burning at the stake - execution by fire
capital punishment, death penalty, executing, execution - putting a condemned person to death
auto-da-fe - the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)
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When great masses of stone and timber fell, the face with the two dints in the nose became obscured: anon struggled out of the smoke again, as if it were the face of the cruel Marquis, burning at the stake and contending with the fire.
In your interesting article on Roger Williams ["Divine Providence"], you state that Williams "likely witnessed men burning at the stake for their religious views" in early 17th-century England.
1 IF Sky's Kay Burley was around in the Middle Ages would she be able to report live on her own burning at the stake?