Cranmer in Context

By Peter Newman Brooks

An anthology of and introduction to the life and writings of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, Tudor martyr and creator of The Book of Common Prayer.

ISBN: 9780718827908


Thomas Cranmer was a notable ecclesiastical statesman and much involved in the separation of the Church of England from the papacy. As an archbishop of the Reformation, he presided over a Church in transition, revising services, re-formulating doctrine and re-drafting canon law. In pastoral ministry he afforded both faithful and not so faithful a reasonable diversity of worship within a single comprehensive church. His considerable intellectual development, a lifetime’s study of the Scriptures and his characteristic moderation make his writings of real significance for the English-speaking world.

Cranmer’s writings are increasingly difficult to find, whether in print or used in worship. Peter Newman Brooks provides a brief life of Cranmer, together with a range of extracts from his correspondence, controversies, treatises and prayers, setting the spotlight on Cranmer’s remarkable contribution to sixteenth-century national politics and piety.

Additional information

Dimensions 216 × 138 mm
Pages 144

Trade Information LGEN

About the Author

Peter Newman Brooks, Fellow of Robinson College, is University Lecturer in Church History (Reformation Studies) at Cambridge.


List of Abbreviations

1. The Renaissance World of Learning
2. Court and Embassy
3. Henry’s Archbishop
4. Word and Worship
5. Common Prayer
6. Defense and Controversy
7. ‘Given to Hospitality’
8. The Time of Tribulation
9. ‘In the Clutches of Clio the Muse’

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