- The financial resources of the Church were huge.
- While the Crowns finances were healthy enough there was a clear concern about the possibilty of a Catholic crusade from European powers, Francis I and Charles V.
- A massive building programme of fortifications was undertaken
- Money gained from the Dissolution of the Monastries gave Cromwell the chance to free Henry from the need to impose taxation.
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Patronage and Greed
- Following the 1536 Act the laity gained an increasing appetite for land.
- Even Catholics such as Norfolk were quick to cash in on sales of monastic land.
- Many may have been unhappy with the turn of religious events, but the pill though bitter, was easier to swallow with the wealth that dissolution brought.
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- Religious houses were being dissolved in Germany and Scandinavia.
- This gave a model of what was possible in England
- The ideas of Erasmus, Tyndale and Fish, criticising monastic life, were also gaining currency
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An End To Opponents of the Break with Rome
- Some of the most vociferous opponets of Henry's recent legislation had come from monastic houses, espically the Franciscans and Carthusians,
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