Dissolution of the Monasteries

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  • Dissolution of the monasteries
    • Causes
      • Henry realised that there was an opportunity to gain financially through the confiscating and selling of monastic property.
        • Henry needed money to maintain his lavish lifestyle.
      • The monasteries remained a stronghold of Papal power in England.
        • Henry wanted to assert himself as Supreme Head of the Church.
      • The invention of the printing press meant that scribes were no longer needed.
    • Events
      • The Valor Ecclesiasticus was compiled during 1535, reviewing the conditions and practices of the monasteries.
      • In 1536 the findings of the Valor Ecclesiasticus were presented to Parliament.
        • In 1536 the Dissolution Act was passed, allowing the Dissolution of smaller monasteries.
      • In 1539 the dissolution of the larger monasteries begun.
    • Consequences
      • Pilgrimage of Grace, 1536.
      • For many, the monasteries had provided food, shelter and clothes. Therefore, their dissolution changed the normal way of life.
      • First unintentional steps towards Protestantism
      • The dismantling of the Catholic Church in England had begun.
      • The wealth of the Crown increased.


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