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 reliable historian, it further strengthens the argument that England took a more Protestant stance and disagrees with the view that Protestantism made only little gains during the years 1534-40. In addition, the amount of holy and saint days were reduced and became limited in number, further weakening the Catholicism influence in England. This is supported by Source 9 another reliable source which states ‘Protestant ideas continued their advance’ which is supported by the limits on holy and saint days. All of the previous combined supports the argument that England was progressively moving towards a more Protestant stance and strongly disagrees with the view that Protestantism had made only limited gains during the years 1534-40.