This volume is an interpretative historical biography of Thomas Cranmer written from the Catholic point of view. Semi-popular in style, the book is historically reliable and conscientiously intelligent in its undertaking. The author is well known for his books in the field of ecclesiastical history and biography. As far as his subject and point of view will allow, he author treats Cranmer sympathetically as a man. Attempting to steer a middle course between opinions about the man who unexpectedly became Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry VIII, authored the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and was eventually burned as a heretic under Queen Mary, that stem too much from strong pro-Protestant or pro-Catholic sentiments, he neither defends nor condemns him wholly but pities him. Set against a background of colorful personalities and events, the author's narrative and interpretation are developed in a lively and interesting way.