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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Thomas Cranmer

  • [Archbishop of Canterbury; born in Notts, 1489; educated at Cambridge; chaplain to Henry VIII., who sent him to Rome to procure the divorce from Catherine; archbishop, 1533, and the king’s principal adviser; of the Regency during the minority of Edward VI.; at the head of the commission which produced the English Liturgy; prosecuted for heresy, and excommunicated under Queen Mary; burned at the stake, 1556.]
  • This hand hath offended,—this unworthy hand.

  • Putting into the fire his right hand, which had previously subscribed to the doctrines of papal supremacy and the real presence.