Under Henry VIII, the clergy relinquished its right to make provincial laws without royal licence. This statute followed a campaign against English ecclesiastics’ legal power, at a time when Henry’s relationship with Rome had reached crisis over his impending divorce with Catherine of Aragon, and the monarch was implementing a campaign to centralise national authority and guard against revolt.
Editors. "Submission of the Clergy". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2005
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