The Church in England: The Struggle for Supremacy (1529 - 1547)

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Anti-Clerical criticisms of the the state of the Church and monasteries
For the majority of the population, the Catholic faith provided the structure of their everyday lives. They took part in religious ceremonies and attended church regularly.
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Pluralism
This was where one priest held the rights to more than one parish. He would take money from both and employ a sometimes partially educated cleric to take the services as his deputy. These uneducated people did not live up to the ideals of the church.
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Simony
This was the sale of an ecclesiastical title. It occurred most frequently when a priest enjoying the income of a rich parish solf his position to the person willing to pay the most.
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Mortuary Fees
When a person died, his or her family would have to pay a fee in money or goods, to the priest. This was one of the main disputes in the Richard Hunne case.
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The case of Richard Hunne:
Argued to be a Lollard, Hunne caused uproar in London. When his son died in March 1511, Hunne refused to pay the mortuary fees. Hunne was arrested after a house search which found a
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This was where one priest held the rights to more than one parish. He would take money from both and employ a sometimes partially educated cleric to take the services as his deputy. These uneducated people did not live up to the ideals of the church.

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Pluralism

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This was the sale of an ecclesiastical title. It occurred most frequently when a priest enjoying the income of a rich parish solf his position to the person willing to pay the most.

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When a person died, his or her family would have to pay a fee in money or goods, to the priest. This was one of the main disputes in the Richard Hunne case.

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Argued to be a Lollard, Hunne caused uproar in London. When his son died in March 1511, Hunne refused to pay the mortuary fees. Hunne was arrested after a house search which found a

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