The Life of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

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R. Blamire, 1784 - Bishops - 235 pages

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Page 22 - Yet there may be fomething, perhaps, in the following apology ; ' But the caufe animated him. With the illegality of the King's marriage he endeavoured virtually to eftablifh the infufficiency of the Pope's difpenfation ; and the latter was an argument fo near his heart, that it feems to have added merit to the former. We cannot indeed account for his embarking fo zealoufly in this bufinefs, without fuppofing his principal motive was to free his country from the tyranny of Rome, to which this ftep...
Page 101 - understand, that I account my Lord of Canterbury as " faithful a man towards me as ever was prelate in this " realm, and one to whom I am many ways beholden, by " the faith I owe unto God ;" and so laid his hand upon his breast. " And therefore who loveth me," said he, " will " upon that account regard him.
Page 235 - He left behind him a widow and children ; but as he always kept his family in obscurity, for prudential reasons, we know little about them. They had been kindly provided for by Henry VIII. ; who, without any solicitation from the primate...
Page 212 - It is now, my brethren, no time to dissemble. I stand upon the verge of life; a vast eternity is before me. What my fears are, or what my hopes, it matters not here to unfold. For one action of my life, at least, I am accountable to the world, — my late shameful subscription to opinions which are wholly opposite to my real sentiments.
Page 218 - ... only sources of attaining a critical knowledge of the scriptures. He had so accurately studied canon-law, that he was esteemed the best canonist in England : and his reading in theology was so extensive, and his collections from the fathers so very voluminous, that there were few points in which he was not accurately informed; and on which he could not give the opinions of the several ages of the church from the times of the apostles. " If I had not seen with my own eyes...
Page 162 - ... faith were, and what place was to be given to works. They instructed men in the duties they owed their neighbour ; and that every one was our neighbour, to whom we might any way do good. They declared, what men ought to think of themselves, after they had done all ; and lastly, what promises Christ hath made; and who they are, to whom he will make them good. Thus he brought in the true preaching of the Gospel, altogether different from the ordinary way of preaching in those days, which was to...
Page 225 - I am at present only considering the measures which the two archbishops took in forwarding their respective plans. While Cranmer pursued his with that caution and temper, which we have just been examining; Laud, in the violence of his integrity (for he was certainly a well-meaning man), making allowances neither for men nor opinions, was determined to carry all before him. The consequence was, that he did nothing which he attempted; while Cranmer did every thing. And it is probable that if Henry...
Page 21 - Cranmer's integrity and fimplicity of manners, ailing fo much out of character, as to compound an affair of this kind, if not with his confcience, at leaft with all delicacy of fentiment ; and to parade through Europe, in the quality of an ambafiador, defending every where the King's fious intentions' Yet there may be fomething, perhaps, in the following apology ;
Page 212 - For one action of my life, at least, I am accountable to the world. My late shameful subscription to opinions, which are wholly opposite to my real sentiments. Before this congregation I solemnly declare, that the fear of death alone induced me to this ignominious action — that it hath cost me many bitter tears — that in my heart I totally reject the Pope, and doctrines of the church of Rome, and that" — As he was continuing his speech, the whole assembly was in an uproar.
Page 205 - Friend of mankind once fkreened the infirmities of the well-intentioned : the fyirit was willing, but the fltfli was weak. But no apology could vindicate him to himfelf. In his own judgment, he was fully convifted. Inftead of that joy, which gives ferenity to the dying martyr; his breaft was a devoted prey to contrition and woe. A refcued life afforded him no comfort. He had never till now felt the power of his enemies. Stung with remorfe and horror at what he had done, he confumed his days and nights...

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