1536 brought the dissolution of Catholic monastaries throughout England

1536 brought the dissolution of Catholic monastaries throughout England

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1536 brought the dissolution of Catholic monastaries throughout England. Henry  ordered that the vast tracts of land owned by Catholic bishops and by the religious  communities be taken over by the new regime, and the lands were handed over both to  members of the nobility and other loyal laymen, as well as to conforming clergymen who  embraced the new order and renounced their allegiance to the pope. Many of the old  monastic buildings were destroyed, along with some libraries and works of art– depictions of Catholic saints and of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, were targetted  particularly. In 1538, Henry ordered a campaign against relics–preserved body parts of  saints and other objects considered to be holy by Catholics–and the 350-year-old tomb  of Thomas Becket of Canterbury, medieval England's most beloved saint, was  destroyed. Aside from individual opposition by monks and men such as More and Fisher, Henry's 
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