Thomas Cranmer becomes Archbishop of Canterbury. Thomas Cranmer was a relatively obscure academic who has provided Henry VIII with the advice he wanted on the issue of divorce. As a consequence, Cranmer was elevated to the position of Archbishop of Canterbury after Henry VIII severed ties with Rome.
In 1549 Archbishop Thomas Cranmer will create the Book of Common Prayer, which becomes the basic book of religious services for the Church of England. After Henry dies, Cranmer becomes even more radical in his Protestantism and is encouraged in this by the fanatically Protestant Edward VI.
Archbishop Thomas Cranmer will be declared a heretic and executed by Mary Stuart - nicknamed "Bloody Mary" because of her violent persecution of Protestants.