2nd July 1489 – Thomas Cranmer Is Born

On the 2nd July 1489, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was born at Aslockton in Nottinghamshire. He was Archbishop during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I.

Cranmer is known mostly for his work on Henry VIII’s Great Matter and supporting Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn. He was also a close friend of the Boleyn’s, as well as Cromwell, which helped him come into the King’s favour. He also played a role in Catherine Howard’s downfall, as he chose to tell Henry VIII about Catherine’s past.



Thomas Cranmer in The Tudors.

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