Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)

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An English Reformer most known for his work on the Book of Common Prayer. Soon after graduating from Cambridge, Cranmer began his long career in the service to English royalty. Eventually, in 1532, Henry VIII named Cranmer Archbishop of Canterbury. During the reign of Edward VI, Cranmer completed his most important works, the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Homilies, and invited to England significant Reformed theologians such as Martin Bucer and Peter Martyr Vermigli. Despite his death as a martyr under Mary Tudor in 1556, Cranmer is sometimes accused of pandering to royal authority and changing his theological convictions, as with his fluctuating views on Christ’s real presence in the Lord’s Supper.

(from Pocket Dictionary of the Reformed Tradition)

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