Unit 7 - Was the dissolution of the monasteries pre-planned?

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Was the dissolution pre-planned?

Questions -

> What were the King's motives for dissolution and did they change?

> To what extent did Henry and Cromwell plan the total dissolution of monastries from the start?

Cromwell's masterplan

  • One argument is that Cromwell had a masterplan fro the dissolution in place from the 1530s and that he always intended to dissolve all of the religious houses in England
  • This argument sees Cromwell's motives as both financial and biblical
  • Cromwell had promised to make Henry very wealthy at the expense of the Church and the monasteries were an easy target in his eyes
  • Also, the dissolution…

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