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Henry VIII Characters

Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury is a priest won over to the reforming side of the church. 

As a Protestant, he is loathed and despised by conservative Catholics such as Gardiner. As the King’s divorce proceedings make no progress, Cranmer grows close to the monarch, undoing Wolsey’s hold on the King. He is an upright, honorable, honest and incorruptible man, whose manner is so different from Wolsey’s that it gains the King’s trust after the latter’s fall. Cranmer is an emotional man, prone to weeping with happiness. He does not defend himself when brought to trial before the royal council, merely insisting on his own honesty and good faith until he is able to counterattack with the King’s trust in him. He agrees to embrace Gardiner as a friend despite the latter’s persecution of him. He is named as Princess Elizabeth’s godfather by the King, and baptizes her, prophesying that she will become the greatest monarch England as ever known. Despite his great humility and goodness, he is capable of sarcasm, and he has no qualms about divorcing the king from Queen Katherine in her absence.

 

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