Sunday, February 14, 2010


On St. Valentine's Day in 1556, Thomas Cranmer was declared a heretic.....


"The Six Wives of Henry VIII" (1970)

"Elizabeth R" (1971)

And in the "Cineverse":
Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1972)
(which also brought back Keith Mitchel as King Henry VIII)

Bernard Hepton

Because of the three different productions in which he played Cranmer (one of which had several episodes in which he played the role), Bernard Hepton is the official portrayer of the doomed Archbishop in Toobworld.

From Wikipedia:
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 and Edward VI. 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. Along with Thomas Cromwell, he supported the principle of Royal Supremacy, in which the king was considered sovereign over the Church within his realm.

During Cranmer's tenure as Archbishop of Canterbury, he was responsible for establishing the first doctrinal and liturgical structures of the reformed Church of England. Under Henry's rule, Cranmer did not make many radical changes in the Church, due to power struggles between religious conservatives and reformers. However, he succeeded in publishing the first officially authorised vernacular service, the "Exhortation" and "Litany".

When Edward came to the throne, Cranmer was able to promote major reforms. He wrote and compiled the first two editions of the "Book of Common Prayer", a complete liturgy for the English Church. With the assistance of several Continental reformers to whom he gave refuge, he developed new doctrinal standards in areas such as the eucharist, clerical celibacy, the role of images in places of worship, and the veneration of saints. Cranmer promulgated the new doctrines through the "Prayer Book", the "Homilies" and other publications.

Cranmer was tried for treason and heresy when Mary I, a Roman Catholic, came to the throne. Imprisoned for over two years and under pressure from the Church authorities, he made several recantations and apparently reconciled himself with the Roman Catholic faith. However, on the day of his execution, he dramatically withdrew his recantations and died a martyr. His legacy lives on within the Church of England through the "Book of Common Prayer" and the "Thirty-Nine Articles", an Anglican statement of faith derived from his work.



mikey11201 said...

Hey, don't forget "The Tudors" on Showtime!

Toby O'B said...

I haven't, but as Hepton played the role in more than one production, and in a series that is part of the main Toobworld because of its seniority, he gets the nod.

"The Tudors" since it plays fast and loose with history and the actual portrayal of Henry VII, has to be relegated to some alternate TV dimension.

Thanks for checking in!