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Anglicans remember Thomas Cranmer primarily as the compiler of the Book of Common Prayer, but history remembers him more as the Archbishop of Canterbury who enabled Henry VIII to divorce Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn, declaring himself as Supreme Governor of the Church of England and establishing its independence from Rome, an essential step in the development of modern government. (Gerlach Flicke, 1546)

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