Birth of Thomas Cranmer - English Reformer and Martyr

Thomas Cranmer, English reformer and martyr, is born. Although a relatively obscure academic, Cranmer will provide King Henry VIII of England with the advice he wants on the issue of divorce. Henry VIII will then elevate Cranmer to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury after Henry breaks away from Rome.

In 1549 Thomas Cranmer will put together the Book of Common Prayer, a text which will continue as the basic book of religious services for the Church of England. After Henry's death, Cranmer will become even more radical in his Protestantism and ends up being declared a heretic by Mary Stuart — nicknamed "Bloody Mary" because of her violent persecution of Protestants.

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