The Trials of Thomas Cranmer: A Monologue heftetEngelsk, 2018


Cranmer was the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, appointed by Henry VIII in 1532 and burnt alive 24 years later in the reign of Queen Mary I. The decisions that Cranmer took in the last hours of his life have arguably affected our history down to the twenty-first century. This monologue portrays what Cranmer might have said confidentially in explanation and justification of his life the evening before his execution. If Cranmer had not in his last hours been able to withstand gruelling pressure to recant his religion, there might have been no Protestant Church in England. Without the Puritan offshoots of that Protestant Church, there might have been no United States of America. Cranmer has been misjudged by history, being often portrayed as unprincipled; such judgments overlook the strong religious belief that ran through his life, the difficult decisions that he had to make, and the cruel world in which he lived.