Cranmer's ambiguous legacy


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History Today
Vol. 46, no. 6 (June 1996), p. 23-31


How far is Thomas Cranmer the father of the Church of England as we know it today? Would he have approved of his prose being enshrined in the quintessentially 'Anglican' tradition of Evensong? Diarmaid MacCulloch, in a major new work, reflects on the 'after-life' of Henry VIII's archbishop, burnt at the stake as a Protestant martyr under Mary