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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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Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon's annulment This is the sentence of Thomas Cranmer’s court at Dunstable in the proceedings of Henry and Katherine’s marriage in 1533. You can see a copy of the only known existing sample of Katherine's handwriting in our beautiful activity book 'Matilda's Keepsakes and Secrets' from http://www.agirlforalltime.us/collections/our-book-collection/products/copy-of-3-matildas-secret-novel

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The Great Bible - Thomas Cromwell’s injunctions of September 1538 required every parish to purchase a copy of an English Bible and place it in ‘some convenient place’ for all to see and read. To meet this demand, the Great Bible, so called because of its size, was put into production. This particular Bible with its coloured title page was very probably Henry VIII’s personal copy.

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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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Anne Boleyn's last confession. Interestingly, shortly before her execution on charges of adultery, the Queen's marriage to the King was dissolved and declared invalid. One would wonder then how she could have committed adultery if she had in fact never been married to the King, but this was overlooked, as were so many other lapses of logic in the charges against Anne. She was executed on May 19, 1536 in a private execution.

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Thomas Cranmer (2 July 1489–21 March 1556). Leader of the English Reformation, Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII, Edward VI. Constructed the case for annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, supported Henry VIII becoming Supreme Head of the Church in England. Imprisoned in 1553, he apparently returned to the Roman Catholic faith, but refuted his recantations and was burnt for heresy, a martyr to the English Reformation.

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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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On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey (or Queen Jane as I think of her) was tried for treason in a public trial at Guildhall, London, along with her husband Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. They were all found guilty and condemned to death, the …

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