What were some immediate effects in England after King Henry VIII annulled his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and declared himself spiritual leader of the Church of England, splitting with the Catholic Church?

7 Responses to “How did the people of England react when King Henry VIII declared himself the head of the Church of England?”

  • Stephen's baby:

    The Catholic Church was enflamed and it went underground in England. Assassins were sent from the pope to execute Henry VIII and the people felt their religion had been stolen from them.

  • MoJe:

    hmmm…..an encyclopedia may have teh best and mnost cite worthy informatioin for this question…

  • madmaud:

    They were upset but King Henry was a murderous man they did not give him to much shlt.

  • ceecee:

    people were pissed. . . they looked down on him, and i think after that a lot of things for england started going down..but can’t remember what

  • the_radicalone:

    I think that at that time what the people thought really didn’t matter. One of the more immediate effects was the seizure of Church property by the English Monarchy. Of course, Henry married Anne Boleyn shortly afterward, as well. I think that because Henry was a widely respected king and that England was going through a golden age, people the majority of people tolerated this move. I also believe that there were widespread notions that the Catholic Church was becoming corrupt, so that might have played a part in the peoples’ reactions as well. I think many people believed that the decadent wealth possessed by the Church ran contradictory to their professed vow of poverty, so in many peoples’ minds, taking that wealth was nothing too heinous. Besides, separation from Rome was more symbolic than anything because Catholic traditions were still practiced after wards. The main reason for separation was to replenish the English treasury, and I think that not many people minded that.

    Contrary to the modern conception, Henry was a very popular king for most of his reign, and did much to strengthen England. He developed the English Navy into a very potent naval force. He spent lavishly on building projects. He was a very talented fellow in his youth, and I think that most of the notion that he was a lazy, incompetent, ruthless tyrant is derived from people who only look at the later stages of his reign.

  • dvilsadvc8:

    They were more than a little unhappy, but there was not a lot they could do. If they wanted to live.

  • Paul B:

    Same old same old really-no real difference for the man in the street, a lot of the nobles were able to cash in on the church lands now up for grabs and were glad to see some of their firecest competitors taken out of the game-monastaries were usually very well run agricultural businesses.

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