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How and why did England change from being a catholic country to being a protestant country between 1534and 1603? England changed from being a catholic country to being a protestant country between 1534and 1603 because of the actions taken by the four Tudor monarchs. They were influenced by the reformation but acted for very different reasons: Henry for his new love, for more power, and for more money. Edward because of his education, advisers and up bringing. Mary to restore the country to Catholicism and back to the times when she was a child and her mother ruled beside her father. Elizabeth wanted to make peace amongst England, to honour the religion she grew up with and resolve the question of which what religion is England. Henry changed England from a catholic country to a protestant one due to many reasons: love, money, power, faith and religion all of which played a massive part. Henry originally wanted to convert the country because although he was married to Catherine of Aragon, he was in fact in love with Anne Boleyn. ...read more.


priests being allowed to marry. The year 1552 was very important to religion in England mass was abolished, no communion service, no transubstantiation, no elaborate vestments and predestination. Mary's reign was the only Tudor that was completely catholic. She believed that unless Catholicism was restored her people wouldn't be able to go to heaven, and she had a chance of succeeding, as Protestantism had only been the official for six years before then the country had been catholic for centuries. Mary is now known as "Bloody Mary" due to the many Protestants that she executed as well as exiled. The first to die was John Rogers who was executed on 4th February 1555. Elizabeth had a very had job as the new queen of England her sister Mary had left a colossal mess. There was a war with France and also the country was now unsure of which religion to follow after Mary made England catholic again. To settle the confusion Elizabeth (in 1559) made two very important acts -: The act of supremacy, which made Elizabeth the governor of the Church of England and the act of Uniformity which made the Book of Common Prayer compulsory and made protestant church attendance compulsory. ...read more.


In conclusion I would say that the reasons for why and how did England change form being a Catholic country to being a protestant one, are many - that comes under the following categories: Power- Henry, Edward and Elizabeth all believed that by making themselves head of the church they had complete control over England. Love - Henry had fallen in love with Anne Bolyn, Mary loved her people so much that she wanted to change the religion back to Catholicism to free them from an eternity in hell. Faith - Edward had been brought up to believe in Protestantism and kept with the same faith throughout his entire life, Mary stuck to her beliefs even though the whole country had changed to Protestantism which her father brought to England, Elizabeth converted the country back to the religion she had grown up with. Money - Henry gained a lot of money from the churches that would have been given to the pope. All these reasons are the answers of why England changed from being a catholic country with no other religions- to a protestant country with no other religions - to a country branded protestant with mixed faith (Catholicism and Protestantism). Theana 8m ...read more.

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