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By Suzannah Lipscomb

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Henry VIII is understood stereotypically as a chunky, covetous, and crafty king whose urge for food for worldly items met few parallels, whose better halves met infamously untimely ends, and whose faith was once mostly political in purpose. by means of concentrating on a pivotal yr within the lifetime of Henry, this examine strikes past the cartoon to bare a fuller portrait of this complicated monarch. In 1536, Henry met many failures—physical, own, and political—and emerged from them a distinct guy and a progressive new king who proceeded to remodel a state and a faith.

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Henry no longer even had the option of legitimizing his bastard. In July 1536, Henry responded to all these challenges by making his first minister, Thomas Cromwell, vicegerent over all ecclesiastical affairs, and issued the Church of England’s first doctrinal statement – a clear indication that as far as Henry was concerned, his royal supremacy did not merely make him a figurehead. The king also issued two important proclamations dealing with religious issues – one designed to stop extremist preachers, another to cut the number of holy days that would be celebrated in the country.

The whole nation 40 The Divorce was required to be complicit in the king’s decision. The Act of Succession, also passed in 1534, stated the lawfulness of Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and that their children would be true heirs to the throne and all English subjects were required to swear an oath agreeing this. The oath read: ‘to be true to Queen Anne, and to believe and take her for the lawful wife of the King and rightful Queen of England, and utterly to think the Lady Mary daughter to the King by Queen Katherine, but as a bastard, and thus to do without any scrupulosity of conscience’.

Historian J. J. Scarisbrick was so convinced that Henry’s growing commitment to the principle of the royal supremacy paralleled the divorce crisis that he asserted: ‘if there had been no divorce Henry might yet have taken issue with the Church’. The English crown had always subscribed to the notion of the divine right of kings to rule, as their motto since 1413, Dieu et mon droit, emphasized. Henry’s assumption of the title of Supreme Head of the Church of England took this a stage further. Henry grew convinced of his unique position as God’s anointed deputy on earth, believing that the Supreme Headship was his birthright, and expecting others to believe it too.

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