The main reason for the king’s disagreement with the church stemmed from a cultural issue, the need for a divorce from Catherine. Their marriage was seemingly happy, but when the only child produced was a girl, Henry wished for a male heir to continue the Tudor line. He believed that his daughter, Mary, would not be a suitable successor. According to Salic law, women were not allowed to inherit the throne. Even if she were given the power, he feared that citizens would not recognize her a...
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...r most of the other factors. Therefore, he appointed his own minister to oversee the annulment, resulting in the deepening schism between England and the Church as the King became the supreme head of church and country. At the same time, many acts passed by the Parliament to continue to weaken the pope’s control in the country. While cultural factors such as the lack of a male heir appeared to be the primary cause of the English Reformation, political aspects, such as the exercises of power by the government also played a role in the eventual splitting between England and the Church. This break with Rome was a radical decision for Henry to make, and severe methods of enforcement by the government were needed for such a great change to materialize. This event in history has tremendously affected the course of history and still has an impact on the lives we live today.
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