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Thomas Cranmer — A Life - Diarmaid Macculloch

Yale University Press, 1997, Paperback ..
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Upper wrapper slighty curled with rubbing at the extremities, lower wrapper creased at the bottom corner with tape reinforcement at the same. Pages lightly age-tanned.

From the cover: “Thomas Cranmer was the architect of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. He was the Archbishop who guided England through the early Reformation, and Henry VIII through the minefields of divorce. In this monumental, definitive and prize-winning biography, Diarmaid MacCulloch transforms our view of Cranmer and of the English Reformation as a whole. In gripping detail, the book reconstructs the trajectories of Cranmer’s career and the crises which he negotiated, from his compromising association with three of the King’s divorces, the plot .by religious conservatives to oust him, his role in the attempt to establish Lady Jane Grey as Queen, to the vengeance of Mary Tudor. In gaol after Mary’s accession, Cranmer nearly succumbed to recant his life’s achievements, but was able to turn the very day of his death at the stake into a dramatic demonstration of his Protestant faith. From this vivid and fascinating account Cranmer emerges a more real, intriguing, and sharply-focused figure than in any previous study. A hesitant hero with a tangled life story, his imperishable legacy is his contribution to the shape and structure of English speech and, through his Prayer Book, to the moulding of an international language.”
Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6")
Number of Pages: 692
ISBN: 0300074484

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