In almost every context concerning the Bibles of the Reformation, Thomas Cranmer's name appeared in some format. Archbishop of Canterbury during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, he was instrumental in aiding in the King's annulment to Catherine of Aragon, which led to the separation of the English Church and the Catholic Church.
Under King Henry’s rule, Cranmer was limited as to his influence, but under King Edward he found great liberty in producing the Book of Common Prayers and reforming many doctrines of the English Church.
After the ascension of Mary to the throne, Cranmer was arrested and tried for treason and heresies against the sovereign Queen, the kingdom, and the Holy Roman Church. Imprisoned for two years, he was tortured to recant, but was then brought forth for execution. Cranmer receded his recantation and loudly and boldly confessed his rejection of Rome and its papal rule, and refused to deny his confession of Jesus Christ as the head alone of church and state.