Religious reformation was a 16th century phenomenon that affected a large swath of European nations, but the reformation in England was unique. The continental reformations were creatures of their mercurial instigators, men such as Luther and Calvin. The English reformation was more so a creature of the state, undertaken by the king and Parliament for largely political reasons. The first major step in the English Reformation came during the reign of Henry VIII. He is infamous as the king who had several of his wives beheaded, but he also had a profound influence on the development of organized religion in...

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