The English Reformation began primarily with the desire of a faithful Catholic

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The English Reformation began primarily with the desire of a faithful Catholic King Henry VIII to gain the pope’s permission to marry again. According to one simplified version, Henry was a selfish, arrogant man who split the Church to satisfy his own lust and greed. In this view, men like Thomas Cromwell, influenced by Reformation ideas on the European continent, were able to steer him away from obedience to the Church. In reality, Henry was an intelligent, well-educated, humanist scholar and writer, and a Renaissance man whose tracts defending the seven sacraments caused the pope to name him “Defender of the Faith.” Aware of the centuries of warfare prior to his father’s reign, Henry faced a political dilemma. How could he avoid reigniting another war among competing noble families for the throne if he had no male heir to
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