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Appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 1533, Cranmer carried through Henry VIII's momentous divorce from Catherine of Aragon. In the reign of Edward VI, he was responsible for the first book of Common Prayer published in 1549, and much of his text remains in use today. As a committed Protestant he was deprived of office under Mary I and imprisoned. Cranmer eventually acknowledged Papal supremacy and the truth of Roman Catholic doctrines except for transubstantiation.
oil on panel
98.4 x 76.2 cm
Transferred from the British Museum, 1879
National Portrait Gallery, London
St Martin’s Place, London, Greater London WC2H 0HE EnglandView venue
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