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The Analysis of Robert Bolts play A Man for All Seasons The Reformation of the Church of England was an act of state The direct cause for Englands break with the Catholic Church was when Pop Clement VII refused to annul King Henry VIIIs marriage to his first wife Catherine of Aragon The king wanted to marry Anne Boleyn because he thought that she would produce a male heir for him since his first wife could not Also Henry thought that his marriage had displeased God since in the Biblical text Leviticus 1816 it said that marriage to a dead brothers widow was forbidden So Henry ordered his chief minister Cardinal Wolsey to go to the papacy for a decree that the marriage was invalid and that Henry was free to marry again A divorce trial was held in London in 1529 and was adjourned without a decision In anger at the delay Henry dismissed Wolsey By 1532 Henry had found a new chief minister Thomas Cromwell who proposed that England break with the papacy so that the archbishop of Canterbury the highest officer in the English church could grant the divorce Legislation to this effect was passed by Parliament in 1532 As a result Henry was free to marry Anne and the Church of England was established as an independent national church no longer associated with the Roman Catholic Church or the Pope An oath of supremacy promising loyalty to the king as head of the church was required of all subjects and those who refused to take it like Sir Thomas More could be executed Robert Bolts A Man for All Seasons is an historic play which stresses the portrayal of protagonist who refuses to renounce his religion and beliefs at the insistence of the king as well as the author trying to tell a message throughout the play Bolt uses actually figures from history in the play For example the protagonist
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