Though Henry was for the most part hands-off when it came to royal administration during these early years of his reign, he was very active when it came to promoting learning and artistic culture in England. Henry was an advocate of humanism in England, a new school of thinking whose most talented intellectual stars were men such as Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, and the Englishmen John Colet, William Grocyn, Thomas Lineacre, and Sir Thomas More. More was on of the king's close friends in these years: a devout Catholic like Henry, he helped the King compose a high quality theological treatise called Assertio Septem Sacramentorum contra Martinum Lutherum ("In Defense of the Seven Sacraments Against Martin Luther"). The treatise challenged the Martin Luther's heretical opinions on the seven sacraments and was presented to Pope Clement VII in October 1521. Henry was subsequently named
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minister Cardinal Wolsey, Sir Thomas More., Englishmen John Colet, talented intellectual stars, Assertio Septem Sacramentorum, contra Martinum Lutherum