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Henry and The Great Matter

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History: Tudors. The Tudors - Henry VIII's Reformation. 1. The debate Was the Henrician Reformation popular or unpopular? Was Protestantism forced unwillingly on a devout Catholic people (Scarisbrick, Duffy), or was it welcomed with open arms by an anticlerical laity (Dickens, cf Kümin)? Is the whole notion of an “English Reformation” a conceptual sham (Haigh)? Was Tudor church policy so piecemeal, politically expedient, and theologically half-baked that it ought not to be called a Reformation at all (Haigh)? 2. Lollardy (John Wyclif c.1329-84); lay piety (15th century humanism); printing press (especially translations from abroad)Humanists: John Colet (sermon calls for reform of the Church 1512); Thomas More (Utopia); Erasmus (Praise of Folly, Greek New Testament): emphasis on Bible, literary, on going back to a “simple philosophy of Christ”. 3. Stage 2: Dissolution of the monasteries and Cromwell’s vicegerency Cromwell investigated the condition of the monasteries and dissolved them. 4.

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