Beacon Lights of History, Volume 03, part 2
THE ENGLISH REFORMATION.
Importance of the English Reformation Cranmer its best exponent What was effected during the reign of Henry VIII. Thomas Cromwell Suppression of Monasteries Their opposition to the revival of Learning Their exceeding corruption Their great wealth and its confiscation Ecclesiastical courts Sir Thomas More; his execution Main feature of Henry VIII.'s anti-clerical measures. Fall of Cromwell Rise of Cranmer His characteristics His wise moderation His fortunate suggestions to Henry VIII. Made Archbishop of Canterbury Difficulties of his position Reforms made by the government, not by the people. Accession of Edward VI Cranmer's Church reforms: open communion; abolition of the Mass; new English liturgy Marriage among the clergy; the Forty-two Articles Accession of Mary Persecution of the Reformers Reactionary measures Arrest, weakness, and recantation of Cranmer His noble death; his character