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Why did Henry VIII close the Monasteries?

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Why did Henry V111 close the Monasteries? There were 800 monks and nuns in 1500s they had strict rules, The rule of St. Benedict for monks of the Benedictine order was prayer should take place eight times a day, all monks should sleep in separate beds, all monks must rise quickly when signal is given to attend the services and all monks must not grumble about the colour or rough material of their clothes. The rule of St. Augustine for the monks of the Augustine order was love god and your neighbour and monks should spend their time when not praying, coping books, looking after the poor and old, nursing the sick and crippled, teaching children and looking after travellers. ...read more.


This evidence may not have been reliable because inspectors were employed by Cromwell who wanted to please Henry V111 and look for negative thing about monks; Cromwell was protestant (probably employed protestant inspectors) so likely to be used against catholic monastery and might be good reason for women to be there (for example: sick) monastery might really be poor. Modern historian can use the benefit of hindsight to help them by looking at all the evidence and have a less biased opinion, they can look at all the evidence together, and compare and pick out the parts that they think could be true and they can see where people agree and disagree. Henry V111 closed the monasteries because monks and nuns were a threat to his king Authority after he had argued with the pope, gold, silver, jewels, bells, lead ...read more.


They could be more reliable because they have more evidence to look at. They have nothing to fear because Henry V111 cannot hurt them now. I think Henry V111 close the monasteries because he want money to defend the country, divorce his wife and marry new wife to have a son but the pope would not give divorce to Henry V111 and his wife, Henry V111 wanted to control the church so that people would obey him and not the pope, that why Henry V111 close the monasteries. Henry V111 wanted to control the church in England so the people obeyed him not the pope. Henry V111 made excuses that the monks are bad and not corrupt. Henry V111 real reason was he wanted a divorce; he wanted the money to defend the country and he, he wanted to control the church so people would obey him and not the pope. ...read more.

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