Works by Thomas Cranmer
Selected resources at L. Tom Perry Special Collections
A defence of the true and Catholike doctrine of the sacrament of the body and bloud of our sauiour Christ. London: Reyner Wolfe, 1550.
A treatise on the Anglican communion which Cranmer wrote in response to a work entitled An explication and assertion of the true catholique fayth, touchyng the moost blessed sacrament of the aulter by Stephen Gardiner, a Catholic.
- Call number: Vault Collection 265.3 C851 1550
(Great Bible). The Byble in Englishe, that is, the olde and new Testament. London: Edward Whitchurch, 1549.
The first authorized English translation of the Bible, to be used by the newly-formed Church of England, was first published in 1539. Because subsequent editions carry a preface by Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, this translation is also known as Cranmer’s Bible.
- Call number: Vault Collection Quarto 220.51 G798 1549
(Book of Common Prayer). The Booke of Common prayer and administration of the Sacraments: the order where morning and evening prayer shall be used and said. London: Robert Barker, ca. 1610.
During the reign of Edward VI (1547-53), all churches were required to use the Book of Common Prayer. The compilation of the text was primarily Cranmer’s work. Though banned during the reign of Mary I (1553-58), the Book of Common Prayer was reinstated, in a slightly altered form, by Elizabeth I in 1559.
- Call number: Vault Collection 220.51 G286 1610
Selected print and online resources
Cranmer’s Forty-two Articles at Early English Books Online (available through BYU)
Cranmer was the principal author of the Forty-two Articles of 1552, which were short statements of Anglican doctrine. Edward VI issued the articles by royal decree in June 1553, but they were never adopted, since the king died in July 1553 and his successor, Mary I, repealed the establishment of Protestantism in England.
A 1573 edition of The Thirty-nine Articles at Early English Books Online (available through BYU)
Most of Cranmer’s 42 Articles were ratified by leaders of the Church of England under Elizabeth I in 1563.
The Work of Thomas Cranmer. Courtenay Library of Reformation Classics, vol. 2. Edited by G. E. Duffield. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1965.
- HBLL Stacks BX 5037 .C76