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Thomas Cranmer

02 July 1489 - 21 March 1556

Biography

Thomas Cranmer was the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury (1533–56), adviser to the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI.

Cranmer, Thomas

Thomas Cranmer was the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury (1533–56), adviser to the English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. As archbishop, he put the English Bible in parish churches, drew up the Book of Common Prayer, and composed a litany that remains in use today. Denounced by the Catholic queen Mary I for promoting Protestantism, he was convicted of heresy and burned at the stake.

 

  • Born: 02 July 1489, Aslacton, Nottinghamshire
  • Died: 21 March 1556, Broad Street, Oxford
  • Family: Married to Joan