Thomas Cranmer: The Great Bible

Thomas Cranmer was in the powerful position as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1533 to 1556, a prominent role in the history of the English Reformation.

Just three years after the execution of Reformer William Tyndale, the first English Bible authorized for public use, a large pulpit Bible known as the “Great Bible,” was published. Thomas Cranmer wrote the preface to this Bible.
And it was Thomas Cranmer who promoted reforms that led to forming the Church of England.

Cranmer also compiled the Book of Common Prayer—Bible-laden liturgy used in church services across England no longer in Latin—but Cranmer compiled it in English!

But after Edward’s death, Queen Mary had Thomas Cranmer tried for treason and executed on March 21, 1556.

Engage with the Bible—in all its historical influence!

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