Monday, March 21, 2011

The Queen and the Archbishop

During her two and one-half year reign, Mary I had nearly three hundred people burned at the stake, the most famous of which may have been Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, who died on this date in 1556. Mary also arranged the beheading of her predecessor, Jane. The sobriquet "Bloody Mary" certainly seems apt. It may be argued that she was not, in fact, a cruel person, but rather reigned within the law to the good of the people, and within her conscience to the good of her eternal soul.

And actually, there is an apologist for most any person or any act. The human condition itself is depraved.

Thomas Cranmer 2 July 1489 – 21 March 1556


Steve Finnell said...

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Vee said...

I've been reading the Old Testament. Lots of justified blood-shed.

vanilla said...

Thanks, Steve. I am reading your blog.

Vee, since I am unclear as to the intent of your comment, I shall refrain from comment of my own. Yet, good for you. Everyone should read the Bible!