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Necessary Doctrine

by Thomas Cranmer

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In the years following Henry VIII’s separation from the Catholic Church and the formation of the Church of England, the king and his trusted religious advisor, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, led a divided church. A Necessary Doctrine, or The King’s Book, exemplifies the ongoing struggle in the Church of England between conservatives wanting to maintain some connection with Rome, and the reformers. A Necessary Doctrine, published in 1543, is a more conservative revision of the 1537 Bishop’s Book, which is itself an expansion on Cranmer’s first guidelines for the Church of England, The Ten Articles. This comprehensive work, written for the purpose of unifying the church and instructing its members in Christian doctrine, was the defining doctrine for the church until almost a decade later, when Cranmer published the Forty-Two Articles, under the reign of Edward VI. It remains a foundational work of the Church of England and a valuable resource for understanding this Church’s early history.

Laura de Jong
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Thomas Cranmer
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Born: July 2, 1489, Aslacton, England
Died: March 21, 1556, Oxford, England
Related topics: Biography, Bishops, Church history, Church of England, Cranmer, Thomas,--1489-1556
Basic information: 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 a favourable case for Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon which resulted in the separation of the English Church from union with the Holy See.
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