The condition of the church
Before reformation, Eng was Roman Catholic country.
There were critics about this- the educated elite.
Humanists wanted to see the RCC retained, but improved with removeal of abuses.
Humanism and anticlericalism
Early days on HVIII's reign, humanists were optimistic that the 'proven abuses' in the Church would be addressed.
1511, John Colet, Dean of St Paul's cathedral, preached a sermon to the assembled clergy in Convocation in which he outlined…