Between 1537 and 1540

Between 1537 and 1540 -...

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Between 1537 and 1540, all of the 300 remaining Catholic monastaries and convents in  England were suppressed by Henry VIII's government. A few of them resisted the new  order, and several abbots were charged with high treason. Several prominent Catholic  aristocrats, such as the Marquess of Exeter, suffered similar fates, being drawn and  quartered for their religious allegiances. Henry's campaign against Catholics was  accompanied by a fervent campaign against Protestantism. In October 1538, the  bishops of England were ordered to search for Anabaptists, members of a small  Protestant sect, burn their books, and turn over to the government any who refused to  renounce their Anabaptist faith. Several Anabaptist men and women were burned at the  stake the following month. November 1538 also saw the show-trial of a prominent  Lutheran, John Lambert. Henry himself sat in Lambert's judgment at Whitehall palace, 
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