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Do you agree with the view that, in the years 1534-40, Protestantism made only limited gains in England?

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Do you agree with the view that, in the years 1534-40, Protestantism made only limited gains in England? (40) It is fair to say that Protestantism made only limited gains in England during the years 1534-40, however, there were still some significant gains like the ten articles in 1536 and these were only limited due to the majority of changes reinforced Catholicism, for example, the Bishops Book and Act of The 6 Articles. Therefor we must make our view on the overall view that Protestantism had only made limited gains. Protestantism had made some positive during 1536; Cromwell introduced The Ten Articles in 1536 which took England to a more Lutheran and protestant stance. The Ten Articles only included three sacraments of Baptism, Penance and Eucharist; the remaining 4 were un-mentioned. This is clear evidence that England was swaying to a much heavier protestant stance by denying the existence of the other 4 of 7 sacraments. This view is supported from Source 7 which states ?Cromwell?s injunctions of 1536 discouraged the use of images, relics and shrines.?, due to the source being from a ...read more.

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This is supported by Source 8 which was a letter from Reginald Pole. He states ?King Henry?s intent is to see the law of Almighty God purely kept, and not to separate himself or his realm from the unity of Christ?s Catholic church?. Further strengthening the view that England remained very much Catholic. However, the bishop?s book also had subtle parts of Protestantism and a minor Lutheran stance, as it was to implement the reforms of Henry VIII in separating from the Roman Catholic Church and reforming the Ecclesia Anglicana. This weakens the view that the Protestantism made no gains but supports the question that although this was a predominantly a catholic reform it still had hints of a protestant stance, this strengthens the view greatly that Protestantism made only little gains during the years 1534-40. Although, one more act was introduced in 1539 which totally confirmed the catholic stance England had taken, this was the Act of The 6 Articles. This act endorsed the central tenets of traditional theology, meaning that it was more favourable to the conservative catholic Henry due to it being the traditional theology. ...read more.

Conclusion

Conclusively, it is fair to say Protestantism made little gains during the years 1534-40 as they did get some uphold in England through the use of the ten articles and slight factors of the bishops book but ultimately by the end of 1540 the combining factors of the stronger factors of the bishops book and the act of six articles strongly reinforced Catholicism in England and wiped out any gains Protestantism had made. This view is strongly supported by Source 8 which bears some weight to the argument due to some catholic reforms affecting the clergy yet he was still speaking highly of the King for making the right decision. Conversely, Source 9 disagrees with these two points saying that the Act of The Six Articles did cause Protestantism to fade, however, many people weren?t punished through this act and Henry?s heir was continuing with his Protestant education, showing that they had still made some gains. Overall, Protestantism did make little gains during the years 1534-40 as it made advances, however these were quickly wiped out before 1540 weakening the argument that they had made limited gains. ...read more.

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