Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556), made Archbishop of Canterbury by Henry VIII. He introduced the Book of Common Prayer in 1549 during Edward VI's reign. Fell out of favor early in the reign of Mary I, who had him executed for treason and heresy. He renounced his Protestant beliefs, then recanted... several times. In the end, he affirmed his Protestant faith while he was being burned.He is a bit of a hero of mine. His book of Common Prayer is something of a literary masterpiece.
Elizabeth I’s Flushing Toilet. Did you know, that in 1596 Sir John Harington introduced Queen Elizabeth to her first flushing toilet? Sure, flushing toilets have been around since the time of the ancient Minoans, but for the English, they were a new marvel.
19th-century dispensing bottle for Sydenham's Laudanum. The drug laudanum was made famous by the English physician John Sydenham in 1660, whose liquid laudanum (opium combined with sherry) instantly became popular as a cure-all for pain and other complaints.
“This poster was commissioned by the English Eugenics Education Society... by 1914 it had over 1,000 members. It aimed to promote public awareness of eugenic problems, advocating the ‘improvement’ of human hereditary traits through social intervention.”
Proof that carrying a Bible with you is a good idea: Civil War Prayer Book which stopped a Bullet at the Battle of Roanoke Island, N. C. and saved the life of Private Edward R. Graton, Co. C, 25th Regt. Mass. while it was tucked inside his uniform coat breast pocket.
The Miroir or Glasse of the Synneful Soul is a manuscript book that was given to Katherine Parr by her stepdaughter, the future Elizabeth I of England in 1544, when Elizabeth was eleven years old. Elizabeth translated the work from French verse into English prose and wrote the manuscript with her own hand, dedicating it with the words From Assherige, the last daye of the yeare of our Lord God 1544 … To our most noble and vertuous Quene Katherin, Elizabeth her humble daughter wisheth…
Anne Boleyn's book of hours At the bottom of the page you can see that Henry VIII has written to Anne that ‘If you remember my love in your prayers as strongly as I adore you, I shall hardly be forgotten, for I am yours. Henry R. forever.’ On a separate page, Anne responded with a couplet in English: 'By daily proof you shall me find To be to you both loving and kind.' And, with deliberate enticement, she chose to write her message below a miniature of the Annunciation, the angel telling…
Dwight L. Moody, evangelical preacher. At age 18, Moody converted to evangelism while working in his uncle’s shoe store on Court Street in Boston. As a pacifist, he felt he could not enlist in the Union army, instead becoming involved with the YMCA and visiting soldiers on the front lines. Later, he would fill huge stadiums to capacity with his evangelical meetings around the U.S. and Europe.