Pilgrimage of Grace Dbq

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Pilgrimage of Grace Document Analysis Desiring marriage to his mistress Anne Boleyn, and a subsequent male heir to the throne, King Henry VIII of England stood before the pope with a plea. He wanted to divorce his then wife Catherine of Aragon, who he had come to despise for failing to produce a male heir, and instead marry Anne. However, this request was met with adamant refusal by the pope, who deemed the divorce unholy as it was against the Catholic faith. Upon hearing that his request was denied, Henry became livid and, in with the Act of Supremacy, ordained himself the head of the Anglican Church. He then proceeded to divorce Catherine and take Anne as his new bride. But Henry’s actions against the Catholic Church did not stop there.…show more content…
In a testimony given shortly before his execution, Aske stated that the monasteries that once helped the poor and sick have fallen to ruin, and that “many tenants who were fed and aided by abbeys now can barely live. Traveling strangers and beggars have no help on the roads.” (Document 7). He went on to say that “no hospitality is shown to travelers. Instead, farmers rent out farms and taverns for profit. Any monies earned from abbey lands are now going to the king” (Document 7). In this statement, Aske touches upon the fact that Henry was unfairly taxing poor farmers who could not afford to keep their own land, and by confiscating church lands and closing abbeys and monasteries, he has forced beggars and travelers into the streets, with no way to support themselves. Another concern among the protestors was the preservation of their homeland. After the king created the Anglican Church and ordered Cromwell to implement the new governmental policies, a series of attacks and pillages were carried out by marauding thieves and Scots. The English rulers did little to stop these attacks, which greatly angered the English countrymen. As a show of their discontent with the government’s incompetence, the protestors chose to implement a section regarding the attacks and how little is being done to prevent them. In the Marcher’s Proclamation in 1536, there is a section

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