Why and with what consequences did Henry VIII break with Rome (Catholic Church)?
LOVE, MONEY, FAITH, POWER Love: Henry had fallen in love with Anne Boleyn, but was married to Catherine of Aragon. The Catholic Church wouldn’t allow divorce, so Henry would have to find his own way. Money: The Catholic Church owned a lot of land because of monastries. If Henry had power over this land, it would make him a lot wealthier. Faith: There was a lot of criticism of the Catholic Church at the time, saying it was corrupt. Monks sold indulgences, etc. Power: The Catholic Church was a very powerful institution. It dominated many people’s lives, including that of the king. If he broke away and was head of his own church, he would rule the country more fully. CONSEQUENCES: The dissolution of the monastries was the main consequence. This really did affect people’s lives because the monastries were centres of hospitality and learning, and everywhere they remained a main source of charity for the old and infirm. The removal of over eight hundred such institutions, virtually overnight