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Did England become Protestant in the sixteenth century?

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Did England become Protestant in the sixteenth century? Well you can't decide because either the monarch was Protestant or Catholic. Because Henry VIII was a Catholic, Edward was a Protestant, Mary was a Catholic and Elizabeth was a Protestant so you really can't tell. When Henry was on the throne he was a Catholic. In 1509 Henry was clearly a good Catholic, he supported the Pope. In 1521 Henry VIII was given the title Fidei Defensor by the Pope. Henry had defended the Catholics against criticism in Europe. By defending the Catholic faith, the Pope rewarded him with the title. But in 1533 Henry wanted to divorce Catherine of Aragon because she couldn't produce a male heir not a female heir. He needed a son because at that time men were thought to be more important than woman and they thought woman to be weak and because the last name Tudor would still go on. Catherine was getting too old and it looked as she wouldn't have anymore children so Henry wanted to marry someone else. ...read more.

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Earl of Warwick was now getting popular and was even encouraging Edward VI into declaring his majority as soon as he was sixteen. But as always he wanted power so he wanted Lady Jane Grey to be Edward's successor. He planned to rule through the Duchess of Suffolk's daughter, Lady Jane Grey. Edward was poorly ill sand sick and died young at the age of fifteen in 1553.He is Protestant because he was brought up in the Protestant religion. Then Mary took over in 1553. Mary's first act was to validate Henry's marriage to Catherine of Aragon so she was legitimate. She is well remembered for returning England from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism. She was popular in her earlier parts of reign but when after she married Philip her popularity went downfall. Mary was 39 years old when she took the throne and she married the Prince of Spain called Philip II so that her half-sister, the Princess Elizabeth, from succeeding to the throne. This was unpopular because Spain might rule England. She was a strict Catholic and killed anyone who wasn't Catholic. The changes Edward did were immediately changed back. ...read more.

Conclusion

Elizabeth reigned for a long time and died in 1603 of frailty and insomnia. She is Protestant because she supports Protestants and wants Protestantism to be the main religion. So England was neither a Protestant or Catholic country. Protestant Catholic Edward VI Henry VIII Elizabeth I Mary I So you can see it is equal monarchs of the same religion. When each time there is a different religion in big towns there is a big change but in small villages there is a small difference in their life. So every time a Catholic was on the throne there would be statues and alters in the church and when a Protestant was on the throne there would be ordinary things. Inside the Catholic Church there was a rood-screen, statues, alters, stained glass windows, chalice and a surplice. Inside the Protestant Church there was wine, bread, common book of prayers, surplice, plain glass, pupit and a table. As you see this would be very confusing every time there was a Protestant or Catholic monarch. So did England become Protestant in the sixteenth century? No, it was neither Protestant nor Catholic because there is an equal amount of monarchs in the same religion. ...read more.

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