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Thomas Cranmer: A Life (utgåvan 1998)

av Diarmaid MacCulloch (Författare)

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Thomas Cranmer, the architect of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, was the archbishop of Canterbury who guided England through the early Reformation--and Henry VIII through the minefields of divorce. This is the first major biography of him for more than three decades, and the first for a century to exploit rich new manuscript sources in Britain and elsewhere. Diarmaid MacCulloch, one of the foremost scholars of the English Reformation, traces Cranmer from his east-Midland roots through his twenty-year career as a conventionally conservative Cambridge don. He shows how Cranmer was recruited to the coterie around Henry VIII that was trying to annul the royal marriage to Catherine, and how new connections led him to embrace the evangelical faith of the European Reformation and, ultimately, to become archbishop of Canterbury. By then a major English statesman, living the life of a medieval prince-bishop, Cranmer guided the church through the king's vacillations and finalized two successive versions of the English prayer book. MacCulloch skillfully reconstructs the crises Cranmer negotiated, from his compromising association with three of Henry's divorces, the plot by religious conservatives to oust him, and his role in the attempt to establish Lady Jane Grey as queen to the vengeance of the Catholic Mary Tudor. In jail after Mary's accession, Cranmer nearly repudiated his achievements, but he found the courage to turn the day of his death into a dramatic demonstration of his Protestant faith. From this vivid account Cranmer emerges a more sharply focused figure than before, more conservative early in his career than admirers have allowed, more evangelical than Anglicanism would later find comfortable. A hesitant hero with a tangled life story, his imperishable legacy is his contribution in the prayer book to the shape and structure of English speech and through this to the molding of an international language and the theology it expressed.… (mer)
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Titel:Thomas Cranmer: A Life
Författare:Diarmaid MacCulloch (Författare)
Info:Yale University Press (1998), Edition: 4th Print, 704 pages
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A worthy & important book, but so weighted down with intellectual rigour its almost impossible to read unless you're an Emeritus Professor of Church History. Cranmer doesnt come across as a living being in this book, but a cipher dictated by the times he lived in and the people he interacted with. Its less a biography than a thesis on the reformation church. gets 4 stars for worthiness and scholarship, about half a star for readability, in the end split the difference and its worth 2 1/2. ( )
  drmaf | Aug 26, 2013 |
If you're a fan of the Tudors (the family and the time period, not necessarily the miniseries) Cranmer is a man you should know. He helped found Anglicanism and provided a lot of the intellectual basis for that religion. As for the book, I keep trying to read it, but boy is the going hard. MacCulloch is a SRS BIDNESS historian, as Molly Ivins might have said, but he's no Bill Bryson in the wordsmithing department. This book is thorough. It weighs about 10 pounds in trade paperback. Doors have been wedged open with the weight of its knowledge. One time a Robert Jordan book got in a sumo match with this book and it went down like a bowl of JELL-O. Sometimes when I need to exercise my arm whilst lying in bed, I use this book for lifts. I keep hoping if I put the book under my pillow then the knowledge will get soaked up like spilled juice into Bounty paper towels.
1 rösta particle_p | Apr 1, 2013 |
A very comprehensive book as one would expect from Dr MacCulloch. However, it reads more of a history of the early English reformation than a biography of Cranmer. Of course Cranmer was pivotal to this process, but the book focussess too much on the theological details and progression of his belief, to the exclusion of other equally important aspects of his life. Cranmer's involvement in the politics and events of the period (when not related directly to matters of religion) are too brief and never properly developed. As a result I didn't feel I got a well rounded profile of the man. ( )
1 rösta BrianHostad | Jan 25, 2011 |
An excellent view of how the English church was ripped out of the sphere of influence of Rome. ( )
  ElTomaso | Jun 18, 2006 |
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Thomas Cranmer, the architect of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, was the archbishop of Canterbury who guided England through the early Reformation--and Henry VIII through the minefields of divorce. This is the first major biography of him for more than three decades, and the first for a century to exploit rich new manuscript sources in Britain and elsewhere. Diarmaid MacCulloch, one of the foremost scholars of the English Reformation, traces Cranmer from his east-Midland roots through his twenty-year career as a conventionally conservative Cambridge don. He shows how Cranmer was recruited to the coterie around Henry VIII that was trying to annul the royal marriage to Catherine, and how new connections led him to embrace the evangelical faith of the European Reformation and, ultimately, to become archbishop of Canterbury. By then a major English statesman, living the life of a medieval prince-bishop, Cranmer guided the church through the king's vacillations and finalized two successive versions of the English prayer book. MacCulloch skillfully reconstructs the crises Cranmer negotiated, from his compromising association with three of Henry's divorces, the plot by religious conservatives to oust him, and his role in the attempt to establish Lady Jane Grey as queen to the vengeance of the Catholic Mary Tudor. In jail after Mary's accession, Cranmer nearly repudiated his achievements, but he found the courage to turn the day of his death into a dramatic demonstration of his Protestant faith. From this vivid account Cranmer emerges a more sharply focused figure than before, more conservative early in his career than admirers have allowed, more evangelical than Anglicanism would later find comfortable. A hesitant hero with a tangled life story, his imperishable legacy is his contribution in the prayer book to the shape and structure of English speech and through this to the molding of an international language and the theology it expressed.

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