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1489, Jul 21556, Mar 21
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.
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03/30/1533-Thomas Cranmer consecrated as archbishop of Canterbury
06/12/1553-King Edward VI accepts archbishop Thomas Cranmer's "42 Articles"
11/13/1553-English Lady Jane Grey, bishop Thomas Cranmer and others arrested and accused of high treason
02/14/1556-Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared a heretic 
03/21/1556-Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is burned at the stake on the orders of Queen Mary I
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