What Evidence Is There of Any Popular Views on the English Church During the Period 1400-1550?

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What Evidence is there of any Popular Views on the English Church During the Period 1400-1550? There is evidence to suggest popular views were rather strong with regards to the English Church during this period; the people of Tudor England were extremely conservative and stuck in their traditions and customs. Scarisbrick argues that there was no popular discontent towards the Roman Catholic Church in the years leading up to reformation, and that religious change- opposed upon the people ‘from above’- sparked much popular resistance. Wills survive in evidence of this point, displaying that people continued with their traditions in leaving their worldly goods, property and of course, fortune, to the church. This could suggest that, however authoritative and invincible Henry may have presumed himself to be, the people still both feared and respected God more, and were not willing to chance accepting him as the ‘Head of the Church of England’. For those people who had spent their lives upholding the values and traditions of the Catholic church, it must have seemed highly insulting to be told that the religious figures to whom they looked for guidance were greedy and corrupt. Since the people were generally quite opposed to Henry’s choice of bride- Catherine was a friend to them, and as a devoted Catholic, many believed they would be betraying her in her time of need and driving her from the English throne, should they comply with new practices- although Anne’s beliefs that every man should be able to read the words of God in his own language should have been popular with the lower classes, this proved not to be the case. The Pilgrimage of Grace is another example of evidence to suggest popular views towards the church. Lead by barrister Robert Aske, the Pilgrimage was in response to Cromwell’s disillusionment of the monasteries. Shortly after the Lincolnshire
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