Henry Viii And The Church Of England

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Goosey Goosey Gander (1784)
Although, the nursery rhyme “Goosey Goosey Gander” sounds carefree and childlike it is actually a tale of the brutal religious persecution Catholic priests faced (Wood, 2014, p.1). Seventeenth century Britain was undoubtedly a dangerous place to be a dedicated Catholic under the reign of King Henry (Harrington, 2013, p. 1). Henry VIII created the Church of England, in response to the Pope’s refusal to recognize the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, ultimately speaking against Catholicism (Harrington, 2013, p. 1). Thus, King Henry created a serious distastefulness towards Catholicism and Catholics (Harrington, 2013, p. 1). When Oliver Cromwell came to power, the Protestant faith had a vast grip on Britain with the creation of Puritanism (Harrington, 2013, p. 1). Thus, devout Catholics could only expect drastic torture for their religious beliefs (Harrington, 2013, p. 1). Soldiers would demand entrance into their homes and search “for priests or anything which suggested that [the] family was Catholic” (Harrington, 2013, p. 1). Catholic priest had to find ways to survive and keep their faith secretly alive. Therefore, these priests would hide in “very small secret rooms once found in many great houses in England” in order to “avoid persecution from zealous Protestants” who were certain enemies of old Catholic religion (Alchin, 2014, p.1). These rooms were often referred to as Priest Holes (Alchin, 2014, p.1). If priests were found…
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