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21 March 1556 – The burning of Thomas Cranmer, one of the Oxford Martyrs

| March 21, 2018

21 March 1556 – The burning of Thomas Cranmer, one of the Oxford Martyrs

On this day in history, 21st March 1556, the third of the Oxford Martyrs, Thomas Cranmer, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the English Reformation and ‘architect’ of the Book of Common Prayer, was burnt at the stake in Oxford. Cranmer had been found guilty of heresy at a trial in September 1555 and […]

13 November 1553 – A former queen condemned to death

| November 13, 2017

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey (former Queen Jane), her husband Lord Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, were tried for treason in a public trial at Guildhall in London. They were all found guilty and were condemned to death, the men being […]

21 March 1556 – Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom

| March 21, 2017

21 March 1556 – Thomas Cranmer’s martyrdom

On this day in history, 21st March 1556, Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake in Oxford after being found guilty of heresy in the reign of Mary I. He is one of three Protestant bishops who were executed in Mary I’s reign and who have become known as the Oxford […]

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2016

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

All Souls’ Day is the feast day when forgotten souls, those souls in purgatory who might not have any masses or prayers being said for them, are remembered and it was at the special All Souls’ mass of 1541 that Henry VIII’s happy world came crashing down. Previous to this, Henry VIII had been blissfully […]

12 September 1555 – The Trial of Archbishop Cranmer begins

| September 12, 2016

12 September 1555 – The Trial of Archbishop Cranmer begins

On this day in history, Thursday 12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. Cranmer, who had served both King Henry VIII and King Edward VI as Archbishop of Canterbury, stood accused on this day in Mary I’s reign of […]

3 May 1536 – A shocked Archbishop Cranmer writes to the King

| May 3, 2016

3 May 1536 – A shocked Archbishop Cranmer writes to the King

On Wednesday 3rd May 1536, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who had travelled back to Lambeth Palace from Knole (his country residence) after being summoned back to court, wrote a letter to King Henry VIII: “Have come to Lambeth, according to Mr. Secretary’s letters, to know your Grace’s pleasure. Dare not, contrary to the said letters, presume […]

30 March 1533 – A new archbishop

| March 30, 2016

30 March 1533 – A new archbishop

On 30th March 1533, Passion Sunday, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury by the bishops of Lincoln, Exeter, and St Asaph at a service in St Stephen’s College, Westminster Palace. Click here to read more about that. Also on this day in history, 30th March 1558, Queen Mary I made […]

Me and Thomas Cranmer

| March 21, 2016

Me and Thomas Cranmer

If you have been following this website for a while, you will have gathered that I am a practising Christian. My faith is real and true, but it’s far from perfect. I doubt, I question, I rant and I rave, and I often wonder when I’m writing about martyrs of the 16th century what I […]