Cranmer had served Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI as archbishop, but now it was the reign of the Catholic Mary I and his ideas and the reforms he’d help make were seen as heresy.
Click here to read more about his trial.
If you want to know more about Cranmer then I’d recommend two books: Beth von Staats’s Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell and Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Thomas Cranmer: A Life.
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