King Henry VIII’s reign before he met Anne Boleyn must be assessed in order to understand why he severed his ties with the Roman Catholic Church, and subsequently instated the Act of Supremacy. During the 15th century, England was considered to be a weak country, bereft of assets. Trade and industry were absent during this time and, combined with the country’s poor climate and soil, the country could not support a large population, nor could it amass great wealth (Friedmann 7). Notably as well, humanists such as Thomas More, Thomas Linacre, and John Colet raised their voices concerning religious reform, education, and classical study during this time (Pettegree) . Religious reform was already stirri...
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...nto the position of Queen, she was not the reason for Henry’s break from the Church. To her demise, Anne was found guilty of treason and adultery and although she denied all charges, saying, “May God be my witness if I have done him [Henry] any other wrong” (Ridgway). She met with death by beheading on May 19, 1536. (Encyclopaedia of World Biography).
It is evident that historians may have been mistaken in their summation that significant historical occurrences were the result of personal relationships and newly formed religious influences. In actuality, King Henry VIII’s was no string puppet and his secession from the Roman Catholic Church began and manifested with political and external socio-economic factors that climatically drove his decision to separate from Rome and put forth the Act of Supremacy, igniting and ultimately lighting the sparks for Reformation.
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