The break with Rome part 2 (18)


Why was there so little opposition to the Royal Supremacy and the break with Rome?

No change

  • In reality the reforms did not change the nature of erveryday worship much
  • The centtral difference in the new Church was the absence of the Pope, but the Pope was a remote and distant figurehead to most of the English population
  • In most regions, people seemed to accepted reluctantly (but without protest) the removal of Roman authority
  • Records show people quickly stopped paying the Peter's Pence

Local affairs

  • Ordinary non-cleric people cared about their local affairs and their own everyday world 
  • If that world was intruded upon in a negative way, they were likely to resist such change
  • The Henrican Reformation did little to change the spiritual or material world of the common man
  • Only in 1536 when roumours that the parish churches were to be plundered alongside smaller monastires did serious rebellion occur
  • In the end, it was clear that people identified more readily with the Tudor regime and their King than they did with the Pope
  • There were few popular objections to Royal Supremacy

Loyalty to the King

  • People showed loyalty and respect to the Crown
  • The King was divinely ordained (appointed) and he perserved internal order as well as protecting his kingdom from the threat of foreign invasion
  • To resist the King…


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