James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
By William Wordsworth (17701850)
Thomas Cranmer was Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII, whose favor he gained by pronouncing his marriage with Catherine of Aragon invalid. He was head of the commission which compiled the first English Prayer Book under Edward VI, and during Queen Marys reign he was tried for heresy. He was condemned to be burnt at the stake on March 21, 1556, and contemporary historians declare that his heart was found intact after his sentence had been carried out.