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Famous Anglican/Episcopalians
Thomas Cranmer
(7/2/1489 – 3/21/1556)

was the archbishop of
Canterbury during
the reigns of the
English kings Henry
VIII and Edward VI.  
He was an influential
theologian and the co-
founder of Anglican
theological thought.  
Cranmer guided the
English Reformation
in its earliest days.
Below you will find information about famous
members from our Anglican heritage.  We
have included a number of martyrs of the
English Reformation, America's founding
fathers, U.S. Presidents, scientists, inventors,
missionaries, actors, and others.  Our form of
Christian worship has a deep and rich history.  
We feel it is important to acknowledge their
contributions to Protestantism and society.  
God bless.  
Cranmer's Contemporaries
Scholars credit Cranmer with writing and compiling the
first two Books of Common Prayer, which established
the basic structure of Anglican liturgy.  He was executed
in 1556, for heresy after bloody Queen Mary reunited
the Church of England with the Roman Catholic
Church.  Anglicans celebrate Cranmer as a martyr, in
particularly in the literature of John Foxe.  His impact
on religion in the United Kingdom was profound and
lasting.  According to John Foxe, on March 21, 1556,
they brought Cranmer in procession to St. Mary’s
Church in Oxford where he was to make a public
statement affirming his recantation. Instead, Cranmer
withdrew his recantation and denounced Catholic
doctrine and the Pope from the pulpit, reportedly
stating, "
And as for the Pope, I refuse him, as Christ's
enemy and Antichrist, with all his false doctrine.
"  After
this Cranmer was taken to be burned at the stake.  
According to Foxe's Book of Martyrs, "
Then was an iron
chain tied about Cranmer and fire set unto him. When the
wood was kindled and the fire began to burn near him, he
stretched forth his right hand, which had signed his
recantation, into the flames, and there held it so the people
might see it burnt to a coal before his body was touched. In
short, he was so patient and constant in the midst of his
tortures, that he seemed to move no more than the stake to
which he was bound; his eyes were lifted up to heaven, and
often he said, so long as his voice would suffer him, "this
unworthy right hand!" and often using the words of
Stephen, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit", till the fury of the
flames putting him to silence, he gave up the ghost.
Acknowledgement (Full Article) -
English Reformers