Henry VIII: One Leader Of The Protestant Reformation

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It was the 16th century, a time when change was on the horizon. For one thousand years, the Roman Catholic Church had been in charge of Europe and of the theology in Europe. Internal changes, such as the age of Discovery, the Scientific Revolution, and the advent of the printing press all brought about a revolutionary change to Christianity. It was during this time that one remarkable monk, Martin Luther, posted his ninety-five theses, a scathing indictment of the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church. He wanted to reform the church, but created a new denomination instead. As Protestantism spread throughout Europe, so did new ideas about government, economics, and art. One Leader of the Protestant Reformation is often overlooked. Henry VIII split away from the…show more content…
Henry’s father, also named Henry, was at the time trying to create an alliance between Spain and England. Prince Arthur had married the youngest daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. Henry’s older brother had been given a world class education and it was expected that Henry would live a life in the Church. With his brother’s death, Henry’s father wanted him to marry Arthur’s widow, Catherine of Aragon, in order to continue the alliance with Spain. Henry and Catherine needed the consent of the Pope in order to marry, because church law required that a woman cannot marry her husband’s brother and have children with him. The Pope finally consented after Catherine declared that she and Arthur never consummated their relationship. But by this time, Henry’s father had lost interest in an alliance with Spain, and Henry declared that the marriage was arranged without his consent. The status of their relationship lingered, but after Henry’s father died and Henry took the throne in 1509, he finally married his widowed sister-in-law. (Pastoor & Johnson,
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