Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer Thomas Cranmer, The Architect Of The Anglican Book Of Common Prayer, Was The Archbishop Of Canterbury Who Guided England Through The Early Reformation And Henry VIII Through The Minefields Of Divorce This Is The First Major Biography Of Him For 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 Through His Twenty Year Career As A Conventionally Conservative Cambridge Don He Shows How Cranmer Was Recruited To The Coterie Around Henry VIII That Was Trying To Annul The Royal Marriage To Catherine, And How New Connections Led Him To Embrace The Evangelical Faith Of The European Reformation And, Ultimately, To Become Archbishop Of Canterbury By Then A Major English Statesman, Living The Life Of A Medieval Prince Bishop, Cranmer Guided The Church Through The King S Vacillations And Finalized Two Successive Versions Of The English Prayer Book.MacCulloch Skillfully Reconstructs The Crises Cranmer Negotiated, From His Compromising Association With Three Of Henry S Divorces, The Plot By Religious Conservatives To Oust Him, And His Role In The Attempt To Establish Lady Jane Grey As Queen To The Vengeance Of The Catholic Mary Tudor In Jail After Mary S Accession, Cranmer Nearly Repudiated His Achievements, But He Found The Courage To Turn The Day Of His Death Into A Dramatic Demonstration Of His Protestant Faith.From This Vivid Account Cranmer Emerges A Sharply Focused Figure Than Before, Conservative Early In His Career Than Admirers Have Allowed, Evangelical Than Anglicanism Would Later Find Comfortable A Hesitant Hero With A Tangled Life Story, His Imperishable Legacy Is His Contribution In The Prayer Book To The Shape And Structure Of English Speech And Through This To The Molding Of An International Language And The Theology It Expressed. Be forewarned MacCulloch s biography of England s first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury is a big book and is sometimes heavy sledding But I ve given it five stars because it is the definitive work on one of the English Reformation s greatest heroes.England became a Protestant nation during the reign of Henry VIII and remained so during the brief reign of his son Edward When Edward died, Henry s Roman Catholic eldest daughter, Mary, became queen During the five years of her reign 1553 15 Be forewarned MacCulloch s biography of England s first Protestan
Diarmaid McCullough did such a thorough job with this biography of Thomas Cranmer that I can t give it any less than 5 stars Thomas Cranmer was the Archbishop of Canterbury during Henry VIII s and King Edward VI s reign and he was responsible for most of the English Reformation of the 16th century, and their schism split with the Catholic Church His crowning achievement was the English Book of Common Prayer which made the liturgy accessible in the English language to laypeople I learned many Diarmaid McCullough did such a thorough job with this biography of Thomas Cranmer that I can t give it any less than 5 stars Thomas Cranmer was the Archbishop of Canterbury during Henry VIII s and King Edward VI s reign and he was responsible for most of the English Reformation of the 16th century, and their schism split with the Catholic Church His crowning achievement was the English Book of Common Prayer which made the liturgy accessible in the English language to laypeople I learned many things about Cranmer as a person and the minefields he traversed in England during his time as Archbishop He wa
As usual for MacCulloch s books, this one s a doorstop clocking in at over a thousand pages Also as usual for MacCulloch, it s incredibly engaging You get a strong sense of Cranmer s evolution as a thinker, of the dangerous line he walked as a friend and confidant of the erratic and tyrannical Henry VIII It s easy to look with disdain on someone like Cranmer, who, as his convictions gradually altered, found himself keeping his true convictions as much under wraps as he could, even burning men As usual for MacCulloch s books, this one s a doorstop clocking in at over a thousand pages Also as usual for MacCulloch, it s incredibly engaging You get a strong sense of Cranmer s evolution as a thinker, of the dangerous line he walked as a friend and confidant of the erratic and tyrannical Henry VIII It s easy to look with disdain on someone like Cranmer, who, as his convictions gradually altered, found himself keeping his true convictions as much under wraps as he could, even burning men who shared his convictions But MacCulloch is able to make him a sympathetic figure, right up to his imperfect martyrdom.As usual, MacCulloch livens his book with plenty of snark, with such gems as The opening sentence, familiar to any Anglican who has whiled away sermons by starting to leaf through the Prayer Book This book doesn t feel ve
This is probably the definitive Cranmer biography MacCulloch treats his subject with great fairness His extensive research shows in every chapter Don t let the size of this volume fool you, it is remarkably readable I am glad to see such an underappreciated churchman treated without bias. I feel as though I read a book about the events surrounding Thomas Cranmer s life but not about Thomas Cranmer s life I explored all the crevices, nooks, and crannies of the English Reformation but I know little of the character, the attitudes, the disposition, the life of Thomas Cramer One instance will suffice
Whew A weighty tome, very literally, but it largely maintained my interest throughout Cranmer remains something of an enigma perhaps the sign of a successful biography His humanity and principled courage, his almost callous, even cynical delivery to execution of others whose views he appeared to share or would shortly do.He worked quietly but effectively in the shadows, particularly in relation to Cromwell I found MacCulloch s examination of his Cromwell s role, particularly in the Reformation, A weighty tome, very literally, but it largely maintained my interest throughout Cranmer remains something of an enigma perhaps the sign of a successful biography His humanity and principled courage, his almost callous, even cynical delivery to execution of others whose views he appeared to share or would shortly do.He worked quietly but effectively in the shadows, particularly in relation to Cromwell I found MacCulloch s examination of his Cromwell s role, particularly in the Reformation, insightful Cranmer s relationship with Henry VIII is fascinatingly dealt with here Gripping at times, when the chips are down and it looks as though TC s days are numbered, touching in its portrayal of the affection that these vulnerable men had for each other Cranmer as Henry s friend and father in God and Henry the deeply conservative superstitious and almost frightened Head of the Church Cranmer s i
If you re a fan of the Tudors the family and the time period, not necessarily the miniseries Cranmer is a man you should know He helped found Anglicanism and provided a lot of the intellectual basis for that religion As for the book, I keep trying to read it, but boy is the going hard MacCulloch is a SRS BIDNESS historian, as Molly Ivins might have said, but he s no Bill Bryson in the wordsmithing department This book is thorough It weighs about 10 pounds in trade paperback Doors have be If you re a fan of the Tudors the family and the time period, not necessarily the miniseries Cranmer is a man you should know He helped found Anglicanism and provided a lot of the intellectual basis for that religion As for the book, I keep trying to read it, but boy is the going hard MacCulloch is a SRS BIDNESS his
This is an excellent work As a review on the back of the book states this is the definitive work on Thomas Cranmer It is intense, gripping and full of the contextualisation that underscores the events it is bringing back to life Some of the doctrinal discussions and background is very deep and complex and relies on the reader having at least some background knowledge of Catholic and Protestant doctrines and how those have evolved This book is not for the feint hearted or those who are search This is an excellent work As a review on the back of the book states this is the definitive work on Thomas Cranmer It is intense, gripping and full of the contextualisation that underscores the events it is bringing back to life Some of the doctrinal discussions and background is very deep and complex an
A very well researched biography on Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Henry VIII, and architect of what would become the Church of England and the Anglican Communion The book delves into the

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  • Paperback
  • 704 pages
  • Thomas Cranmer
  • Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • English
  • 22 April 2017
  • 0300074484