The Guardian on Martin Luther
In addition, he was portly and well-fed, weighing in at 23st 8lb when he died. And he was not born into humble and lowly circumstances, but into a wealthy, land-owning family of usurers.
But the claim by historians which will arguably be most upsetting for followers is the recently uncovered written evidence that it was not, as thought, a lightning bolt which led to the then 21-year-old's spontaneous declaration he wanted to become a monk. Rather, it was his desperation to escape an impending arranged marriage.
Cranmer is not disturbed by any of this, for the details of disputed points of history will always be subject to degrees of interpretation, and the hagiographers will always embellish the reputations of their idols.
But His Grace does wish to ask The Guardian why it does not give the same treatment to (say) Mohammed, the father of Islam, or to Guru Nanak, the father of Sikhism, or to any one of a number of popes who profess to be the fathers of princes and kings.
One wonders if there is some symbiosis between The Guardian's anti-Semitism and its anti-Protestant attitudes.