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.

Gerlach Flicke, 1546: Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, general editor of the first Book of Common Prayer. As literature, it is often compared to the Authorized King James Bible and the works of William Shakespeare, which first appeared two centuries later. Indeed, the playwright scattered Cranmer’s throughout his plays.

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