Thursday, September 10, 2015

10 September 2015 A.D. The Works of Thomas Cranmer

10 September 2015 A.D. The Works of Thomas Cranmer
Among these writings are the works of Thomas Cranmer, whose thought was a predominant force in composing the 39 Articles, the Book of Common Prayer, and the Book of Homilies. John Hooper’s earnest writings reflect his uncompromising work and commitment to Reformed theology that ultimately led him to be burnt at the stake under Mary I. William Fulke’s spirited defense of the Bible in the people’s tongue and the manipulations of the Catholic Church reveal the virulent edges of the Puritan movement. These and other works from, John Jewel, Thomas Cooper, John Philpot, James Pilkington, and many more make this collection a trove of resources on “the spirit and principles of the Reformation in their various forms of development.”

Thomas Cranmer Books

Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556) was the archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of English kings Henry VIII and Edward VI. Cranmer attended Jesus College of Cambridge, where he earned his doctorate in divinity in 1526. He was appointed archbishop of Canterbury in 1532.

During his time as archbishop, Cranmer, along with Thomas Cromwell, championed the translation of the Bible into English. In 1548, plans for a complete liturgy for the English Church began. Cranmer compiled the Book of Common Prayer, which was published in 1549. After Mary I took the throne, Cranmer was tried for treason and heresy. He was imprisoned for two years and martyred in 1556 in Oxford.

Cranmer wrote many important articles and letters, which—along with a few biographies on the life and influence of Cranmer—appear in the Thomas Cranmer Collection (10 vols.).

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