I know he is, they know he is, A most arch heretic
Again, there is sprung up An heretic, an arch one, Cranmer; one Hath crawl’d into the favour of the King, And is his oracle.
…here at this present, and behold That chair stand empty; but we all are men, In our own natures frail, and capable Of our flesh; few are angels: out of which frailty And want of wisdom, you, that best should teach us, Have misdemean’d yourself, and not a little, Toward the King first, then his laws, in filling The whole realm, by your teaching and your chaplains, For so we are inform’d, with new opinions Divers and dangerous, which are heresies And, not reform’d, may prove pernicious.
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It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
Before the separation of Church and State, an accusation of heresy could be treated as treason.