Why Was There a Reformation and What Did It Mean for England and Wales? Essay

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Why was there a Reformation and what did it mean for England and Wales? In this essay I will explain the term Reformation, give the reasons why it happened, and explain what the Reformation meant for England and Wales. The English Reformation was the series of events in 16th-century England by which the Church of England first broke away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic Church. In 1500 there was only one church and all Christians were members of it. It was The Catholic Church and its leader was The Pope who lived in Rome. By 1600 there was TWO Christian Churches - Roman Catholic and Protestant. He made himself head of the church. Henry also made himself head of the English Church because the monasteries were worth a lot of money; the Pope took a lot of English taxes and the church owned about a quarter of English land. Henry had spent a lot of money on wars in Europe, expensive clothes and food so he wanted to make up the loss by being head of the church. This meant Henry would have more money for himself. Finally, Henry made himself head of the English Church because he knew that previous kings had been unhappy with the amount of power the Pope had over the English church so he decided he wanted complete control over his country. Henry wanted power to divorce without the Pope's consent and in general Henry wanted more power over England's land. Henry wanted a divorce from Catherine of Aragon because she could not produce a son. Henry wanted a son to become king after him. He wanted a son in particular because boys are said to be better leaders, and better rulers than girls. Therefore Henry was desperate for a boy. Primarily Henry got rid of the monasteries because they were Catholic and the Catholics disapproved of his divorce from Catharine of Aragon. Henry was fed up with the Catholics because they listened to the

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