On this day in history, 2nd July 1489, one of my favourite Tudor personalities, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, was born in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire.
Cranmer had a major impact on Tudor England. Not only did he provide Henry VIII with the annulment of his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon, he was also a key player in the English Reformation, and, of course, he was burnt at the stake for his faith in the reign of Queen Mary I.
You can read more about him in the following articles, here and over at The Anne Boleyn Files:
- Thomas Cranmer and Stockholm Syndrome - Beth von Staats' excellent article in the November 2014 magazine.
- Thomas Cranmer’s Everlasting Gift: The Book of Common Prayer
- Edward VI’s Coronation – Primary Source Accounts and Archbishop Cranmer’s Speech
- 21 March 1556 - The Burning of Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury
- The Life of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
- Thomas Cranmer becomes Archbishop of Canterbury
- The Unlawful Execution of Thomas Cranmer
You can read more about his life in Beth von Staats' book Thomas Cranmer in a Nutshell and Diarmaid MacCulloch's biography Thomas Cranmer: A Life.