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Passion politics and protest the english reformation henry viii 1509 1547

Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation – Henry VIII 1509-1547)

St. John in the Wilderness


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Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation – Henry VIII 1509-1547)

  • Spanish Alliance

    • Catherine of Aragon

      • Marriage to Arthur in 1501 (Arthur died a few months later, in 1502

      • Henry denounced potential marriage – relying on scripture

    • Papal Dispensation – 1509

      • Man must not marry his brother’s widow

      • Childless marriage

St. John in the Wilderness


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Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation – Henry VIII 1509-1547)

  • Henry and protests for religious change

    • “Defender of the Faith”

    • Influence of Luther and Zwingli spreading to England

      • Lutherism at Cambridge

      • Lollardy growing

      • Persecution by Crown

St. John in the Wilderness


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Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation –Henry VIII (1509-1547)

  • The King’s Great Matter (1527-39)

    • Male Heir vs. Female Heir (Catherine is 40 in 1525)

      • Matilda – reign plagued by civil war

      • 2nd generation

      • His own personal beliefs?

    • Appeal to Rome (Cardinal Wolsey) 1527-29)

    • Debate in European Universities (1529)

      • Canon law – Pope could set aside

      • God’s law – irrefutable

St. John in the Wilderness


Passion politics and protest the english reformation henry viii 1509 15474

Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation –Henry VIII (1509-1547)

  • The Political Reformation: The Reformation Parliament (1529-1536

    • 1530 – English clergy recognizes Henry as the Supreme Head of the Church OF England, “as far as the law of Christ allows”

    • 1533 – English Ecclesiastical Court grants Henry’s annulment (marriage to Anne Boleyn – Elizabeth born September 1533

      -- 1534 Act of Supremacy – Parliament declared Henry the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

St. John in the Wilderness


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Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation –Henry VIII (1509-1547)

  • The Spiritual Reformation:

    • The Six Articles (1539): Act abolished diversity of opinion

      • Oral confession

      • Transubstantiation

      • Communion in one kind only

      • Clerical celibacy

      • Vows of chastity for laity – lay brothers, ex nuns

      • Prayers for the dead

    • No change in Creed

    • English replaced Latin

    • 1535 Coverdale’s English translation of Bible in Churches in England

    • Relics and shrines discredited and destroyed (occasionally)

    • Church still fully Catholic in belief -- King Replaces Pope

St. John in the Wilderness


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Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation –Henry VIII (1509-1547)

  • 1535-1539 – Dissolution of the Monastaries

  • Reactions to this stage of Reformation

    • Pilgrimage of Grace (1536)

      • Yorkshire –

      • Economic demands – even though related to commission studies on parish churches

      • Collapsed on its own, but Duke of Norfolk exacted severe revenge

St. John in the Wilderness


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Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation –Edward VI (1547-53)

  • Ruled by Regents (Duke of Somerset, Duke of Northumberland, and Archbishop Cranmer)

    • Edward ascends the throne at the age of 9

    • Note that Henry appoints “regents” who lean to protest

  • Dominated by religious changes – Protestant reaction that Henry’s changes didn’t go far enough

St. John in the Wilderness


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Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation –Edward VI (1547-53)

  • 1549 First Book of Common Prayer – with Act of Uniformity

    • Essentially a combination of prior ceremonial majesty with simplified communion service in English

    • In direct line of catholic worship, a “reform” rather than an innovation

    • Six Articles Repealed

    • Result – Resentment from Catholics and Protestants

St. John in the Wilderness


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Passion, Politics, and Protest: The English Reformation –Edward VI (1547-53)

  • 1552 Second Act of Uniformity and 2nd Book of Common Prayer

    • Transubstantiation repudiated in Holy Communion

    • Clergy allowed to marry

    • Holy Communion made essentially an act of remembrance – Black Rubric

    • Oral Confession ended

  • 42 Articles ( Thomas Cranmer)

    • Doctrinal platform for via media

      • Reflects protestant justification by faith (Lutheran) and

      • Calvinistic influence (interpretation of sacraments)

      • but then, abruptly, young king dies

  • Political turmoil regarding succession

    • Lady Jane Grey v. Mary Tudor

St. John in the Wilderness


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