Published in 1965: It has been maintained by an eminent scholar recently dead that the chief content of modern history is the emancipation of conscience from the control of authority. From that point of view the student of Tudor times will not be exclusive in his choice of heroes. He will find room in his calendar of saints for More as well as for Cranmer. Both had grave imperfections, and both took their share in enforcing the claims of authority over those of conscience. Nor perhaps is it true to say that they died in order that we might be free; but they died for conscience' sake, and unless they and others had died conscience would still be in chains. That was Cranmer's service in the cause of humanity his Church owes him no less, for in the Book of Common Prayer he gave it the most effective of all its possessions.

chapter Chapter I|23 pages

Parentage, Birth, and Early Years

chapter Chapter II|37 pages

Cranmer and the Divorce of Catherine of Aragon

chapter Chapter III|27 pages

Cranmer and the Royal Supremacy

chapter Chapter IV|36 pages

Cranmer and Reform

chapter Chapter V|37 pages

Cranmer and the Catholic Reaction

chapter Chapter VI|23 pages

Cranmer’s Projects During Henry’s Last Years

chapter Chapter VII|40 pages

Cranmer and the First Book of Common Prayer

chapter Chapter VIII|22 pages

Theological Views and Controversies

chapter Chapter IX|29 pages

Cranmer and the Second Book of Common Prayer

chapter Chapter X|28 pages

The Downfall of English Protestantism

chapter Chapter XI|27 pages

Cranmer’s Character and Private Life

chapter Chapter XII|26 pages

In Time of Trouble

chapter Chapter XIII|29 pages

In the Hour of Death