According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 13,400 people died from hypothermia in the United States between 2003 and 2013. (The CDC published this finding in their creepily named journal, "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.") Frostbitten limbs, slow paralysis, and hallucinations all sound pretty gnarly to us. ❄️ 😱 ❄️
It did not involve shedding of the victim's blood, which was disallowed under the prevailing Roman Catholic doctrine, and it ensured that the condemned had no body to take into the next life (which was believed to be a very severe punishment in itself). It was also thought at that time that burning cleansed the soul which was considered important for those convicted of witchcraft and heresy.
It seems unlikely that women burned at the stake by the Roman Catholic Church appreciated having clean souls. Depending on the method of execution, some victims would perish from smoke inhalation, which seems far more merciful than being burned alive.
Many say being killed by the cold would be the most horrible way to die.
Everyone always says how burning to death would be the worst, but has anyone ever thought about freezing to death? Bc that sounds 100x worse