Thomas Cranmer was in the powerful position as Archbishop of Canterbury from 1533 to 1556, and played a prominent role in the history of the English Reformation.
Just three years after the execution of the 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.
It was also Thomas Cranmer who promoted reforms that led to forming the Church of England.
And it was Cranmer who compiled the Book of Common Prayer—Bible-laden liturgy used in church services across England no longer in Latin,but in English!
But after King Edward’s death, Queen Mary had Thomas Cranmer tried for treason and executed on March 21, 1556.
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