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Thomas Cranmer

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  6 reviews

‘Colin Hamer’s "Thomas Cranmer" presents the story of the great English reformer in an appealing manner, with an honest description of his weaknesses and failures as well as a proper emphasis on his good and endearing qualities. An additional benefit from this brief book is a readable and accurate survey of the convoluted English history during the time of Henry VIII, Edwa

Kindle Edition, 126 pages
Published January 20th 2012 by EP Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Neil Kruger
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thomas Cranmer is one of the most fascinating characters of the Reformation. He fluctuated between compromise and conviction, affirmation and recantation, and yet died as a martyr for the Protestant cause.

This short biography does a terrific job of sketching the complex context Cranmer found himself in and how he went about navigating this.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This brief biography of Dr. Cranmer is an excellent (though imperfect) overview of the some of the significant events and issues of his life. I highly recommend this text for anyone interested in the life of the great English Reformer.
Rick Shrader
While visiting my son’s apartment, I spent the afternoon reading this small book which is in a series on church history. Having been in England many times and being interested in its history, especially from Henry VIII forward, I found this book fascinating. Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) was an evangelical force behind Henry VIII’s departure from the Roman Catholic Church and establishing of the Church of England with the King as Supreme Head. Cranmer served as Archbishop of Canterbury during the r ...more
Mark Murray
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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A basically a friendly biography of Thomas Cranmer and not entirely undeserved. Cranmer was set into a turbulent and rocky time and he acquitted himself well. Living within the politics, both church and state he often compromised out of necessity. He saw the end game as more important than the individual battles. May we do as well in our turbulent and rocky times.
Phil Griffin
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent, very readable and honest account of the life of Thomas Cranmer over the changing times of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary. It shows his important, and maybe not well understood, contribution to the Church of England during the Reformation as one who accepted the Bible as the final authority.
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A concise biography of Thomas Cranmer, the person at the center of the English Reformation. A really good overview of English politics in church and state covering Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Mary.
A quick read without too much detail to give an overview of the period.
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