England breaks with Rome - the Henrician Reformation

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Historical Context Note

The Church of England separated from Rome over Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine Aragon, which Pope Clement VII refused to condone. Although the church remained nominally Catholic, Parliament passed legislation that enacted the final severance of the English Church from that of Rome. Acts are passed forbidding the payment of annates and 'Peter's Pence' to the Pope, and forbidding the introduction of papal bulls. The Act of Succession to the Crown (which embodies the resolutions taken by Convocation in 1532) demands all members of both Houses of Parliament, as well as all clergy and government officials, to swear an oath of loyalty to this amended, Protestant succession to the Crown. All these acts secured Henry and his successors as t…

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Editors. "England breaks with Rome - the Henrician Reformation". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 June 2005
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