The Henrician Reformation Essay

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The Henrician Reformation The Henrician Reformation had much more political purpose than religious principles and to understand this much of the motives and changes of the reformation need to be considered. Reformation itself suggests that the events were all clearly linked together as a part of religious reform however, according to C. Davies "most of those involved in bringing about the reformation, included the King himself, had little understanding of the implications of what they were doing." Both Cromwell and Cramner also had a great influence on the changes within Englandbetween 1534 and 1546 and they themselves…show more content…
One of his first decisions was to dissolve the monasteries in England which seemed to some such as Cromwell and Cranmer like a real measure of triumph of Protestantism.

To many Protestants the monasteries were a clear reminder of the survival of Catholic ideas. Although this is true much of the motives behind The Dissolution of the Monasteries were not just a matter of religion. Henry knew that there was a threat from foreign power and was aware of the good financial income from closing the monasteries. For example, in 1534 the Act for First Fruits and Tenths took away the revenue of the Church which in the first year rose over £40,000. Henry recognized that he needed a strong army against both threatening France and Spain due to his break with Rome, Henry saw that the financial gain from the closure of the monasteries would allow him to build a strong military. Clearly from this example we can see that Henry's motives are purely political.

Between 1534 and 1546 many acts were passed and some argue this was a move towards Protestantism. Even though Henry was a devote Catholic, which we can see in his writing 'The Kings Book' he let Cromwell have much influence on his decisions. However, if we look at the religious status
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