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Cranmer and Pole—Archbishops
Robert Hawkes

“an imaginative, first-person exploration . . . arrestingly vivid . . . hard-won and honed and impressive . . . this collection may be recommended for its almost stern, classics-minded authority”
—George Elliott Clarke, Halifax Sunday Herald

“an esoteric but intriguing dialogue between two rival archbishops”
—Tamara Fernando, PublishingOnline

Robert Hawkes bravely writes from the heart and mind of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556) and Archbishop Reginald Cardinal Pole (1500-1558) of Canterbury Cathedral, England. Cranmer, who enacted the law making King Henry VIII head of the Church of England, is the author of The Book of Common Prayer. Convicted of treason and heresy during the reign of Queen Mary, he ultimately burned at the stake. Pole, a member of the royal family, lived in European exile for over twenty years. He was a member of the failed spirituali reformation within the Roman Catholic Church, before being appointed Cranmer’s successor at Canterbury. Queen Mary and Archbishop Pole both died of natural causes on 17 November 1558.

Robert Hawkes, poet and a past editor of The Fiddlehead magazine, lives in Fredericton, NB. He is a professor emeritus at the University of New Brunswick. He has authored numerous poetry collections over the years including Paradigms (Fiddlehead/Goose Lane Editions) and the chapbooks Cranmer (Broken Jaw) and This Grievous Injury (Broken Jaw) and Poems for the Christmas Season (Broken Jaw, 2004).

2000 / 8.5” x 5.5” / 120 pp / poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-896647-33-2 (tp) / $18.9
BJP eBook 6, 1-896647-40-5 (PDF)