Emblem of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer

Emblem of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer

Emblem of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer

Emblem of Faith Untouched: A Short Life of Thomas Cranmer

Synopsis

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) was the first Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, the author of the Book of Common Prayer, and a central figure in the English Protestant Reformation. Few theologians have led such an eventful life: Cranmer helped Henry VIII break with the pope, pressed his vision of the Reformation through the reign of Edward VI, was forced to recant under Queen Mary, and then dramatically withdrew his recantations before being burned alive.This gripping biography by Leslie Williams narrates Cranmer's life from the beginning, through his education and history with the monarchy, to his ecclesiastical trials and eventual martyrdom. She portrays Cranmer's ongoing struggle to reconcile his two central beliefs -- loyalty to the crown and loyalty to the Reformation faith -- as she tells his fascinating life story.

Excerpt

Emblem of Faith Untouched is a biography written for those interested in Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation, but who are not professional scholars in the field. Diarmaid MacCulloch’s brilliant and in-depth study, Thomas Cranmer, provides a compendium of information about Cranmer, addressing scholars’ contradictions about Cranmer’s life, motives, and personality, as well as his effect on the development of the Anglican Church. I am deeply indebted to MacCulloch for providing such a comprehensive and factual study.

This book is a text for seminarians, priests, and lay students of English history and theology, and of the development of the Anglican/Episcopal Church. Though the book includes the theology and history of the period, it is primarily anecdotal in focus, telling the stories of Cranmer’s life. Originally based on John Foxe’s narrative in Acts and Monuments, this current Cranmer biography tends to view Cranmer’s martyrdom from the Anglican perspective, but includes information from all the other major biographical sources, including the Roman Catholic view, thus making Thomas Cranmer as human and real as possible.

For a smoother read, all quotations, ideas, events, dates, and facts are documented in the back.

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