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Henry VIII with his three children
Thomas More and John Fisher lost the King's favour by refusing to swear to the supremacy of the King. Thomas Cromwell who became chief councillor on the demise of Thomas Wolsey swore the King's supremacy and kept his position. He reformed Government policy creating Government departments including the Privy Council He did not fall from power until 1540.
Henry's treasury needed replenishing - he looked to the church, namely the monasteries. The dissolution of the monasteries began.
THOMAS CROMWELL (c. 1485-1540)
there can else be no reformation in this behalf... In consideration whereof, the King's most royal majesty, being supreme head in earth under God of the Church of England, daily finding and devising the increase, advancement and exaltation of true doctrine...
Little Jack Horner was a real person and the plum was the manor of Mells in Somerset. Jack Horner was the steward to the abbot of Glastonbury. By a clever political trick, during the general land grabbing of the Dissolution, Jack Horner got the deeds to the manor of Mells in Somerset . He then gave them to Henry, who was so pleased, that he gave Horner the manor. Amateur genealogists will be amused to trace his family line to the Bonham-Carters, some of whom have became as famous as the good little boy himself.
PART OF THE WORDING OF THE FIRST ACT OF SUPREMACY, 1536
Forasmuch as manifest sin, vicious, carnal and abominable living, is daily used and committed amongst the little and small abbeys, priories, and other religious houses of monks, canons, and nuns, where the congregation of such religious persons is under the number of 12 persons, whereby the governors of such religious houses and their convent, spoil, destroy, consume, and utterly waste as well their churches, monasteries, priories, principal houses, farms, granges, lands, tenements, and hereditaments, as the ornaments of their churches and their goods and chattels to the high displeasure of Almighty God, slander of good religion, and to the greater infamy of the King's Highness and realm if redress should not be had thereof, and albeit that many continual visitations hath been heretofore had by the space of two hundred years and more, for an honest and charitable reformation of such unthrifty, carnal, and abominable living, yet nevertheless little or none amendment, and by cursed custom so rooted, and infested that a great number of the religious persons in such small houses do choose to rove abroad in apostasy than to conform to the observation of good religion, so that without such small houses be utterly suppressed and the religious persons therein committed to great and honourable monasteries of religion in this realm, where they may be compelled to live religiously for reformation of their lives...
there can else be no reformation in this behalf...
In consideration whereof, the King's most royal majesty, being supreme head in earth under God of the Church of England, daily finding and devising the increase, advancement and exaltation of true doctrine...
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|Voices of the Powerless|
|1529||Wolsey falls from power|
Sir Thomas More becomes Chancellor
|1531||Thomas Cromwell becomes a privy councillor|
|1533||Henry VIII secretly marries Anne Boleyn|
Cranmer is made Archbishop of Canterbury
Cranmer grants Henry's divorce
Birth of Princess Elizabeth
|1534||Act of Supremacy|
|1536||Catherine of Aragon dies|
Anne Boleyn is executed
Henry VIII marries Jane Seymour
|1537||Prince Edward is born|
Jane Seymour dies
|1538||James V of Scots marries Mary of Guise|
Henry VIII is excommunicated
|1540||Henry VIII marries and divorces Anne of Cleves|
Thomas Cromwell is executed
Henry VIII marries Catherine Howard