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 […]

21 March 1556 – The glorious martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer

| March 21, 2016

21 March 1556 – The glorious martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer

On this day in history, 21 March 1556, in the words of martyrologist John Foxe, Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury, “closed a life of high sublunary elevation, of constant uneasiness, and of glorious martyrdom” when he was burnt at the stake in Oxford in the reign of Queen Mary I. Cranmer’s execution was a […]

4 December 1555 – Thomas Cranmer is no longer Archbishop

| December 4, 2015

4 December 1555 – Thomas Cranmer is no longer Archbishop

On this day in history, 4th December 1555, Papal sentence was passed on Thomas Cranmer in Rome, resulting in Cranmer being deprived of his archbishopric (Canterbury) and “of all the ecclesiastical dignities”. This sentence is recorded by Bernardo Navagero, Venetian Ambassador at Rome, to the Doge and Senate: “On Wednesday the 4th instant consistory was […]

2 November 1541 – A bad All Souls’ Day for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2015

2 November 1541 – A bad All Souls’ Day for Henry VIII

Happy All Souls’ Day! Unfortunately, back in 1541 All Souls’ Day was not a happy day for Henry VIII and any thoughts or prayers he had for departed loved ones were soon forgotten when he attended All Souls’ mass and found a letter left for him in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace. […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer tried at Oxford

| September 12, 2015

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer tried at Oxford

On Thursday12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. He was accused of two offences, or doctrinal errors: repudiating papal authority and denying transubstantiation. Cranmer had served Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI as archbishop, but now it was the […]

Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell – Only 99c/99p today 20 July 2015

| July 20, 2015

Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell – Only 99c/99p today 20 July 2015

Just to let you know that Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell is a kindle countdown deal on Amazon UK and Amazon US today (20 July 2015) at 99p and 99c. In Thomas Cranmer in a Nutshell, Beth von Staats discusses the fascinating life of Thomas Cranmer, from his early education, through his appointment to Archbishop […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Top 5 Historical Figures

| July 12, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Top 5 Historical Figures

On the final stop of her Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell book tour, Beth von Staats is at her own website QueenAnneBoleyn.com sharing her “remaining five favourite Tudor Era historical figures” after Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell. In describing her list, Beth says “This list, which includes some of Tudor History’s greatest villains and heroes, […]