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Thomas Cranmer was born on this day 2nd July, 1489. A leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury, he was Archbishop during the reign of Henry VIII, Edward VI and for a short time, Mary !. He helped build a favourable case for Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon, and along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm. Window in the Chapel of Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Today is the birthday of Thomas Cranmer, a man born on 2 July 1489 who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury. Cranmer was a leader in the English Reformation during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI. After the accession of the Catholic Queen Mary I, Cranmer was arrested and eventually executed as a heretic according to the Roman Catholic Church.

in 1533,King Henry VIII's newborn daughter by Queen Anne Boleyn,Princess Elizabeth,was christened at Greenwich Palace in the Chapel of Observant Friars.This was a lavish ceremony,planned by King Henry and the rest of the palace,although he did not attend the christening.Elizabeth, only three days old at the time,was processed down a long green carpet from the Great Hall in the palace to the Chapel.She was flanked by her Godparents,Thomas Cranmer and the Duchess of Norfolk...

Anne Boleyn's confession to Thomas Cranmer: "I do not say I have always shown him that humility which his goodness to me merited. I confess I have had jealous fancies and suspicions of him, which I had not discretion enough, and wisdom, to conceal. But God knows, and is my witness, that I have not sinned against him in any other way. Think not I say this in the hope to prolong my life..."

“She who has been the Queen of England on earth will today become a Queen in Heaven.” — Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, on hearing of Anne Boleyn’s execution.

The priceless picture, which shows the monarch, Henry VIII, sitting on his throne wearing his crown and holding a sceptre, is thought to have been painted shortly after the house was built at the turn of the 15th century. At the time it was the home of Thomas Cranmer, the Archdeacon of Taunton who went onto become the Archbishop of Canterbury and helped Henry break from the Catholic Church and set up the Church of England. Though the artist is unknown, it is thought to be unique.

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Title page of Thomas Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer,1549.Cranmer (1489-1556)was the Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. He declared the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon void in 1533, paving the way for the king to marry Anne Boleyn.Cranmer was instrumental in pushing through Henry's reforms to the Church and wrote the first two editions of the Book of Common Prayer,the first was published in 1549 during the reign of Edward…