The Reformation Of The King 's Romance With Anne Boleyn Or Popular Discontent Essay

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An Introduction to the History of Christianity in England

Introduction The Henrician Reformation followed and Protestant Reformation and led to the Church of England breaking away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of this essay is to argue that the most decisive feature of the Henrician reformation was the King’s determination to conceive a male heir, in order to prevent another succession crisis, like those of 1453 and 1461. In doing so, the essay will provide evidence that supports the prominence of this claim over the claims that religious differences with the Catholic Church, the King’s romance with Anne Boleyn or popular discontent with the Roman Catholic Church are the decisive factors of the revolution. Firstly, the essay sheds light onto the events that led to the reformation under the stewardship of King Henry VIII. In doing so it will contest the claim that the King supported the Protestant Reformation. Secondly, the nature of the Henrecian reformation will be discussed highlighting that it was caused by personal and political grievances by the king as opposed to the theological faith of the masses. Lastly, the beheading of Anne Boleyn and the King’s subsequent marriages highlight his fixation on producing an heir.
King Henry VIII was not the heir to apparent to the throne because he was the second son of his father, Henry VII. In this regard, he was afforded first-rate
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