Henry Viii and the English Reformation

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY

Henry VIII and the English Reformation

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO Dr. Gregory Tomlin
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
THE COURSE CHHI 525

LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BY
DAVID E. ROBERTS

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA
SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2014
Table of Contents
Introduction: Henry VIII and the English Reformation………….................................................. 3
Prince Henry VIII and His Character Development....................................................................... 3
King Henry VIII…......................................................................................................................... 6
The Wives of Henry
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This marriage took place due to influences on the part of Catherine's father, King Ferdinand of Spain. Ferdinand considered England to be a type of vassal state with Catherine as his ambassador.
As the new King, Henry VIII did not waste any time spending his inheritance on lavish living. Gambling, fine clothes, and fine jewelry were just some of his vices. Shore states that it was during these early years that Henry VIII confided in Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas More. Henry VIII and Catherine were close. However, there friendship was supplanted by that of Wolsey barely a year after Catherine became Queen. Wolsey was given authority within the realm, but the King did not always agree with his decision which lead to tension and controversy in their relationship. This is mentioned because it is the beginning of a pattern Henry VIII exhibited in his closest relationships. As initially with Catherine, his relationships with both Anne Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell followed a similar pattern. Each was someone Henry VIII had relied upon, but who later fell from favor in the mist of political and social influences at court.
As King, Henry VIII was prideful personally and professionally. In order to compete on an international scale and to exert his military influence, Henry VIII engaged in conflict with France. These campaigns were more likely intended to inflate his self-image in relation to the kings of both France and Spain. Shore
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