Gerlach Flicke, 1545-46: Thomas Cranmer. Everything we do on this site is an outgrowth of the work of Archbishop Cranmer, who compiled, edited, translated and wrote parts of the first Book of Common Prayer, 1549. He simplified the monastic Offices into Morning and Evening Prayer - and best of all, he put them into English, not Latin, a change sought by reformers for more than a century. It cost him his life when the boy-king Edward died and his half-sister Mary took the throne.

Anglicans remember Thomas Cranmer primarily as the compiler of the Book of Common Prayer, but history remembers him more as the Archbishop of Canterbury who enabled Henry VIII to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn, declaring himself as Supreme Governor of the Church of England and establishing its independence from Rome, an essential step in the development of modern government. (Gerlach Flicke, 1546)

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