Thomas Cranmer

1489 - 1556

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Thomas Cranmer (2 July 1489 – 21 March 1556) was a leader of the English Reformation and Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and, for a short time, Mary I. He helped build the case for the annulment of Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, which was one of the causes of the separation of the English Church from union with the Holy See. Along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of royal supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm. During Cranmer's tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury, he was responsible for establishing the first doctrinal and liturgical structures of the reformed Church of England. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Cranmer has received more than 1,747,529 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Thomas Cranmer is the 80th most popular social activist (down from 65th in 2019), the 621st most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 508th in 2019) and the 6th most popular British Social Activist.

Thomas Cranmer was the Archbishop of Canterbury during the reign of Henry VIII. He was a leading reformer in the Anglican Church and is most famous for writing the Book of Common Prayer, which was published in 1549.

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Among social activists, Thomas Cranmer ranks 80 out of 544Before him are José Rizal, Antipope Clement III, Aleksandr Ulyanov, Sakamoto Ryōma, Jane Addams, and Susan B. Anthony. After him are Yun Chi-ho, Angela Davis, Kasturba Gandhi, Zhang Jue, Liu Xiaobo, and Beatrice Cenci.

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Among people born in 1489, Thomas Cranmer ranks 5Before him are Thomas Müntzer, Antonio da Correggio, Margaret Tudor, and Charles, Duke of Vendôme. After him are William Farel, Gaston of Foix, Duke of Nemours, Fernando d'Ávalos, Antoine, Duke of Lorraine, Gerónimo de Aguilar, Charles IV, Duke of Alençon, and Henry V, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. Among people deceased in 1556, Thomas Cranmer ranks 6Before him are Ignatius of Loyola, Fuzûlî, Pietro Aretino, Humayun, and Lorenzo Lotto. After him are Saitō Dōsan, Martin Agricola, Frederick II, Elector Palatine, Maximus the Greek, Richard Chancellor, and Hemu.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Cranmer ranks 621 out of 6,924Before him are Gordon Brown (1951), Bobby Robson (1933), Gladwyn Jebb (1900), Saint Malachy (1094), H. Rider Haggard (1856), and Tim Curry (1946). After him are A. A. Milne (1882), Thomas Malory (1405), Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston (1784), Edgar Wallace (1875), William Oughtred (1574), and Leslie Howard (1893).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Thomas Cranmer ranks 6Before him are Guy Fawkes (1570), Lady Godiva (990), Robert Owen (1771), Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), and Nicholas Winton (1909). After him are Annie Besant (1847), Emily Davison (1872), Wat Tyler (1341), Betty Williams (1943), Mairead Maguire (1944), and Mary Dyer (1611).