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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...

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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

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Thomas Cranmer, Archibishop of Canterbury, creator of first liturgy in English, the Book of Common Prayer

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Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire, England. Built in the reign of Henry I in 1132. It was also the scene of the trial and divorce of Catherine of Aragon.It was here that Archbishop Thomas Crammer pronounced the marriage of Henry VIII illegal and the document he issued to record this was the last ever to describe the Primate of England as an official of the Church of Rome

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Coloured sketch, allegedly of Catherine Howard after Hans Holbein. Photo: National Portrait Gallery.

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“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.

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"She who has been the Queen of England on earth, will today become a Queen in Heaven" Thomas Cranmer, 1536

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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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