Saturday, September 5, 2015

September 1530 A.D. Thomas Cranmer, back in England after a 7-month tour on the Continent in behalf of the “King’s Great Matter”


September 1530 A.D. Thomas Cranmer, back in England after a 7-month tour on the Continent in behalf of the “King’s Great Matter”

Bromiley, G.W. Thomas Cranmer: Archbishop and Martyr. London: Church Book Room Press, 1956.

Prof. Bromiley notes that Cranmer was back in England after about 7 months abroad (19-20).
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He left England in Feb 1530 following important meetings, writings, and discussions in 1529.

He was off to Bologna by mid-March 1530. There is some discussion, even doubt, about the possibility of his attending the coronation of Charles V by the Pope. But it is suggested. This will need evaluation at another time.
Cranmer then is off to Venice. One wonders. Did Cranmer attend Mass at St. Mark’s Cathedral? (The picture above is St. Mark's, Venice)

Then, he was off Rome for some unsuccessful engagements with the Papal court. Did he attend Mass as St. Peter’s? It’s hard to imagine that he did not.

We ask rather simply. Did Tom travel by horse? Walking? There’s a lot of territory to cover.

Bologna, Ferrara and Padua favored Henry VIII’s petition for an annulment.

By, September 1530, Cranmer has failed in Rome and was back in England.

This won’t be the last of Cranmer’s ambassadorial duty for Henry. It isn't the end of the "Great Matter" either.

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