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A primary point of contention among English Reformation scholars is the nature of Henry

A primary point of contention among English Reformation scholars is the nature of Henry

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A primary point of contention among English Reformation scholars is the nature of  Henry's break with Rome. They debate whether it was a political and jurisdictional  separation from the Papacy or a doctrinal reform that paved the way for Protestant  Christianity? The issue is complicated by both Henry's known commitment to orthodox  Catholic theology and his simultaneous elevation and loyal, long-term support of the  Protestant-minded Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. Whatever Henry's deeper convictions and understanding of the religious implications of  his political reformation, the manner in which he both played upon the anti-clerical  feelings of many in Parliament and destroyed the propertied influence of the secular  clergy and the monastaries was crucial to the advancement of Protestant religious  doctrines in later decades. At the time of Henry's break from Rome, the English people 
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  • Fall '08
  • womer
  • King Henry, English Reformation scholars, Protestant religious establishment, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, worldly priests. Men, future English monarchs

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