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16th Century Reformation Of the Church of England Under the Tudor Monarchies Professor Quigley Paper by Eric Jones What happened that caused such an abrupt move in the Church of England towards a reformation in the 16th century Why did the church change hands from Catholic to Protestant so many times Finally how did the church become a middle of the road church that most were able to accept as the Anglican Church These are the questions I hope to answer in this short paper on the Reformation of the Church of England during the sixteenth century as we take a quick peek at the influential rulers of that time period From Henry VIII and the split with Rome to the middle of the road Anglican Church of Elizabeth I we see a new and separate church evolve from that of Rome The abrupt move in the Church of England towards a reformation started out in a much different manner than in continental Europe It had come about mainly for reasons to due with Henry VIII attempts to gain an annulment from his first wife Katherine1 Henry VIII did not simply seek an annulment for his own personal gratification in the need or want for a new wife but that he was in desperate need for a successor to the royal thrown2 The marriage of Henry VIII and Katherine had remained fruitless in the attempts to produce a male heir to the English Royal Thrown with Henry believing that a curse listed in the Book of Leviticus stating that a man who marries his brothers wife will not be able to produce children from this nuptial and the only surviving to this point had been his daughter Mary3 Having that Katherine had been previously married
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