|Religion:||Anglicanism (converted from Catholicism)|
|Date of Birth:||1489|
|Date of Death:||1556|
|Cause of Death:||Burned at the stake|
| The Two Georges|
POD: c. mid-1760s
|Type of Appearance:||Posthumous Reference|
Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556) was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI. He helped build a favourable case for Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon which resulted in the separation of the English Church from union with the Holy See. Despite this and other Protestant sympathies, Cranmer's appointment to the position of Arcbbishop of Canterbury was confirmed by Pope Paul III, making him the penultimate archbishop to hold the office with the Vatican's approval.
While taking a relatively conservative stance under Henry, Cranmer instituted substantial reforms under the reign of Edward. Upon the ascencion of Mary I, Catholicism was reinstituted, and Cranmer was imprisoned for two years. He recanted during this time, but on the date of his execution, he withdrew these recantations and thus became a matyr to the Protestant cause.
Thomas Cranmer in The Two GeorgesEdit