RepositoryLambeth Palace Library
LevelFile
Alt Ref NoMS 1136
Extenti, 19 ff.
TitleTRIAL OF THOMAS CRANMER
Date1555
DescriptionAccount of proceedings against Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, in the University Church in Oxford in September 1555. This is a formal notarial account of the proceedings, recorded by John Clerk, notary public, who was present at the hearings. The account takes the form of a report from James Brooks, Bishop of Gloucester, to whom responsibility for the hearings was delegated, to Giacomo Puteo, or Giacomo Dal Pozzo (1495-1563), Inquisitor-General, in Rome. The tribunal led by Brooks was not empowered to judge, but to make the present report to Rome.

f. i recto. A later inscription [18th cent.], written within a ruled frame, serving as a title page: 'Processus contra Thomam Cranmer, Cantuar Archiepiscopum'. A.D. 1555'. A similar 'title page' is found in MS. 1135.
ff. 1r-18v. Proceedings. At ff. 13r and 18r are the notarial devices of John Clerk and Christopher Smith, notaries public.
f. 19. Blank, except for a drawing at f. 19r of a seated ?Anglo-Saxon king (18th cent.).
LanguageLatin
FindingAidsNew description by Richard Palmer, 2013
PhysicalDescriptionBuckram binding, 356 x 247 mm., 19th cent.
Vellum leaves.
CustodialHistoryInscription in the hand of Andrew Coltee Ducarel, Lambeth Librarian, on f. 1r: 'July 23 1766. This MS. was presented to the MS. Library at Lambeth by Mr. Geo. Perry F.S.A.'. MS. 1135 was presented by him on the same day. George Perry, of Aldgate, London, became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in February 1766.
Recorded in Andrew Coltee Ducarel's catalogue of the Lambeth manuscripts begun 1763 (LR/F/42).
CopiesMS 1136, ff. 1-19
Negative Microfilm: Lambeth Palace Library Box 752
PublnNotePublished from this manuscript in 'Miscellaneous writings and letters of Thomas Cranmer ...', edited for the Parker Society by John Edmund Cox (Cambridge, 1846), pp. 541-562.
Also printed in [John Strype], 'Strype's memorials of Archbishop Cranmer' 3 vols (Oxford: Ecclesiastical History Society, 1848-54), vol 3, Appendix and Addenda, pp. 538-582.
On the trial, see also Diarmaid MacCulloch, 'Thomas Cranmer. A life' (New Haven and London, 1996), p. 573 et seq.

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42Cranmer; Thomas (1489-1556); Archbishop of Canterbury1489-1556
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