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Thomas Cranmer: A Life

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Thomas Cranmer was the architect of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. He was the Archbishop who guided England through the early Reformation, and Henry VIII through the minefields of divorce. This is the first major biography for more than three decades, and the first for a century to exploit rich new manuscript sources in Britain and elsewhere. Diarmaid MacCulloch, one of the foremost scholars of the English Reformation, traces Cranmer from his east-midland roots to early Tudor Cambridge, into the household of...
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Overview

Thomas Cranmer was the architect of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. He was the Archbishop who guided England through the early Reformation, and Henry VIII through the minefields of divorce. This is the first major biography for more than three decades, and the first for a century to exploit rich new manuscript sources in Britain and elsewhere. Diarmaid MacCulloch, one of the foremost scholars of the English Reformation, traces Cranmer from his east-midland roots to early Tudor Cambridge, into the household of the family of Anne Boleyn, and through the political labyrinth of the Henrician court. By then a major English statesman, living the life of a medieval prince-bishop, Cranmer navigated the church through the king's vacillations and finalized two successive English Prayer Books. MacCulloch skillfully reconstruction the crises which Cranmer negotiated, from his compromising association with three of Henry's divorces, the plot by religious conservatives to oust him, his role in the attempt to establish Lady Jane Grey as Queen, to the vengeance of the Catholic Mary Tudor. In gaol after Mary's accession, Cranmer nearly succumbed to recant his life's achievements, but was able to turn the very day of his death at the stake into a dramatic demonstration of his Protestant faith. From this vivid and fascinating account Cranmer emerges a more sharply-focused figure than before, more conservative early in his career than admirers have allowed, more evangelical than Anglicanism would later find comfortable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300074482
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 497,022
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.67 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Simple esquire: 1489-1503 7
2 Cambridge years: 1503-29 16
3 Campaign to end a marriage: 1527-33 41
4 The reign of Queen Anne: 1533-6 79
5 From Anne Boleyn to Thomas Cromwell: 1535-7 136
6 A 'Reformed' Church? 1535-9 173
7 Salvaging the cause: 1539-42 237
8 A problem of survival: 1542-6 297
9 Welcoming King Josiah: 1546-9 351
10 1549: Commotion in Church and commonwealth 410
11 Building a Protestant Church: 1550-52 454
12 Paradise betrayed: 1552-3 517
13 Condemned: 1553-6 554
14 Aftermath and retrospect 606
Appendix I: Was Stephen Nevinson Cranmer's anonymous biographer? 633
Appendix II: The date of Henry VIII's marriage to Anne Boleyn 637
Appendix III: University connections among close relatives, servants and households of Thomas Cranmer and Stephen Gardiner 639
Bibliography 644
Index 671
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    Fleshing Out Thomas Cranmer

    Diarmaid MacCulloch has done a masterful job in fleshing out Tudor figure Thomas Cranmer. I have learned many interesting details which have added to my understanding of the court of Henry VIII. I have also come to admire Thomas Cranmer. My one complaint is that the details occasionally become tedious, though I feel the book is well worth a Tudor-o-file's time.

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