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Thomas Cranmer Quiz

Thomas Cranmer, who served as Archbishop of Canterbury in the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Jane and part of Mary I's, is a fascinating Tudor personality. But how much do you know about the man who was burnt at the stake in 1556? Test yourself with this fun quiz.

Thomas Cranmer Quiz

Q1) In which year was Thomas Cranmer born?

1501

1514

1489

1499

Q2) Which of the following things did Thomas Cranmer not accomplish?

He put the English Bible in parish churches

He made it so priests could marry

He drew up the Book of Common Prayer

He composed a litany that remains in use today

Q3) True or false: Thomas Cranmer chose the church for his profession?

True

False

Q4) Early on, Cranmer earned a living teaching at which of the following colleges?

St John's College, Oxford

All Souls College, Oxford

Buckingham College, Cambridge

Eton

Q5) Thomas Cranmer married twice, what were the first names of his two wives? (Choose two)

Joan

Margarete

Anne

Frances

Q6) How did Thomas Cranmer's first wife die?

Sweating sickness

Childbirth

Consumption

Poison

Q7) King Henry VIII did not know that Cranmer was married when he promoted him to Archbishop of Canterbury in 1533. In which year did Cranmer finally reveal that he was married?

1536

1533

1552

1548

Q8) True or false: Prior to Cranmer recognising his wife Margarete publicly, he would carry her about with him in a chest with air holes?

True

False

Q9) In 1556, Thomas Cranmer was burnt at the stake. At his execution, he left quite an impression on the onlookers by doing what?

Calling Mary I a heretic

Blaming his demise on Spain

Placing his right hand into the fire first

Declaring that he was a conservative Catholic

Q10) Thomas Cranmer had two children, a daughter and a son, by his second wife, Margarete - what were their names? Choose two.

Mary

Thomas

Margaret

Edward

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  1. R /

    It’s an odd one, the popular story of Cranmer carrying his wife around in a box. You see it in every history series with him in, but off course, it’s not verifiable. Imagine being carried in a smelly box with no light and limited air? You would have bowed knees. The poor woman, oh I hope it really isn’t true! She was very brave to defy the laws in the first place and certainly deserved better than being carried around in a box, even a large one. Besides all he needed to say was that she was his housekeeper, sister or mistress, the latter being quite accepted. I have to admit, though, Cramner must have been quite ingenious hiding his second wife from a police state.

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Thomas Cranmer Quiz