Henry VIII and the English Reformation
The Dissolution of the Monasteries
BY DAVID ROSS, EDITOR
Philosophical concepts of the power of the king over church may have played a part in Henry's decision to suppress the monasteries, but so did greed. The monasteries were rich, and a lot of that wealth found its way directly or indirectly to the royal treasury. Some of the monastery buildings were sold to wealthy gentry for use as country estates. Many others became sources of cheap building materials for local inhabitants. One of the results of the Dissolution of the Monasteries is that those who bought the old monastic lands were inclined to support Henry in his break with Rome, purely from self interest.
Attitudes towards the Dissolution
Winners and losers
The fate of the monks and nuns
The English Reformation was slow to gather steam. Catholics were not mistreated (at least not at first), and in many parts of the country religious life went on unchanged. Catholic rites and symbols remained in use for many years.
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This Chancellor of England was named Archbishop of Canterbury by Richard II, who then banished him. He returned when Henry IV deposed Richard.
He served as Richard's chancellor from 1386-1389, and again from 1391-1396
He served as Henry IV's chancellor untilthe Beaufort's briefly ousted him from office in 1410
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Birth of John of Gaunt
Gaunt (from Ghent, in modern Belgium) was the 1st Duke of Lancaster, 3rd son of Edward III and regent for the young Richard II