This is just one of countless articles/stories I've read over the years about how some crazy folks in Europe burned other, equally crazy folks at the stake -- that is, burned alive, which must be one of the worst tortures one could be put through, and also unspeakably horrific to witness -- for trying to spread their branch/slight modification of the same basic religion.
Somehow, this doesn't seem to add up.
I know that many human beings of all races are vile creatures from an objective point of view, and that some kings have probably had people killed for literally looking at them the wrong way (perceived or real), but still, I just have to assume that there is more to it than what's summarized in these articles and retold as stories.
If you could actually be burned at the stake back in the day at any given moment, just because somebody starts a false rumor or doesn't like you or what you say, that must have severely affected the mental health of anyone living in those kingdoms/cities/villages. Especially in the case of people who tried to spread some slight variation of Christianity (still sticking to the overall idea), it seems bizarre to me that the ones in charge would feel the need to burn them at the stake.
Isn't it likely that this kind of extreme sentence was only given "after some time of trouble", perhaps months or years, and only after numerous increasingly stern warnings? Surely you insinuate or threaten somebody with this horrible torture in the hope that they will stop out of fear, rather than going from nothing to burning them at the stake?
After all, it wasn't like they tried to spread something very different, such as Islam/Judaism/Buddhism/etc. It was Christianity, but with "some slight variation". Was that really bad enough to have them burned alive? I can't shake that horrible mental image of somebody tied to a pole and being burned alive for such a stupid thing.
At least, if given many warnings and they still keep it up, it would be understandable in some sense. It'd be like: "Okay, so they prefer to burn alive over giving up their new religion branch. Fair enough. I guess it must happen."
Somehow, I doubt that people were so blood-thirsty that they constantly demanded new "entertainment", knowing that they could be next.