Whose Birthday Is It? July 2, 2016

Thomas Cranmer (1489)

Cranmer became the first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury after he helped Henry VIII in his negotiations with the pope over divorcing Catherine of Aragon. He annulled Henry’s marriage to Catherine,supported his marriage to Anne Boleyn, and later helped him divorce her. After Henry’s death in 1547, Cranmer became adviser to Edward VI. When the anti-Protestant Mary I became queen, Cranmer was tried,convicted of heresy, and burned at the stake. Why did he place his hand into the fire first? More…



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