About this book
Paperback edition of this weighty and much-lauded biography of Cranmer, which won the 1996 Whitbread Biography Award. Taking us from his humble East Midlands roots, via the political labyrinth of the Henrician Court, to his appointment as Archbishop of Canterbury, and his death at the stake, MacCulloch is unflinching in his examination of the complexities, contradictions and cruelties of Cranmer's life. "Wise, revealing and wholly absorbing" "The Independent".
Thomas Cranmer was the architect of Henry VIII's unprecedented divorce and established the first stage of the reformed English church, while supplying its standard liturgy - the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. This book traces Cranmer's life from his Midlands roots to death at the stake in Oxford.
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