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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, November 09, 2012

The Execution of Ann Boleyn




I have been watching the Showtime series, The Tudors. The series is a tragedy that shows the truly depraved nature of mankind and of those on both sides of the Reformation, Roman Catholic and Protestant. Henry the VIII in particular seems to have been obsessed with having a male heir to the point of being willing to use political intrigue to to do so.

In particular, the execution of Ann Boleyn was tragic, especially in light of her support of the progress of the Reformation in England. She was certainly not perfect and did many wicked things in her own life, sins for which she dearly paid. 

For anyone familiar with the history of the English Reformation this is a series well worth watching.  I have been watching the series on Netflix.  

God have mercy on us all,

Charlie

Click here to read Ann Boleyn's final words:  The Execution of Ann Boleyn

Click here to see the YouTube posting of the reenactment of Ann Boleyn's execution in The Tudors.



5 comments:

Rubin O. Wits said...

Charlie,

I apologize for posting this here but I cannot seem to get your email from the link you provide in your Bio. I just have a theological question to ask (not about the execution of anne boleyn).
thanks,
Rubin

Charlie J. Ray said...

If you click on my name in the profile, you will find it takes you to another page where you see the word "email" in blue with hyperlink. Clicking on that opens your email client with the address in the TO; part of it. My email is cranmer1959@gmail.com or cranmer1959@hotmail.com.

Rubin O. Wits said...

Ya I think there's something amiss with my email client (comcast). Thanks for the address.

Mr. Mcgranor said...

Henry was a needed head of state in order to impliment The Reformation. Which was spiritually already in progress. He like Luther had to take a back seat to God's will despite their antics.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Henry the VIII was Roman Catholic for the most of his life. He only rebelled against Rome because of the politics of his day and because he needed a male heir.

He allowed the English Reformation to progress for his own political purposes, not because he was a Protestant. But that is not to say that God did not providentially use him to bring about the English Reformation via the English Reformers, including Archbishop Thomas Cranmer.

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