• H. Maynard Smith


It is easy to assume that the Reformation in England was due to the desire of Henry VIII for a divorce. That desire no doubt prompted the king to act and so may be accounted the proximate cause; but a personality, however dominant, is restricted by his environment. Henry II and Frederick II, both greater men than Henry VIII, had entered into conflict with the Church and been defeated, so we are bound to conclude that the circumstances were different and that there was a world ripe for change. In this book an attempt has been made to provide the materials for understanding how a reformation came about, which contemporaries did not expect and found bewildering. It was not the result of one cause, but of many—they combined, and the result was almost inevitable.


Henry VIII Loving Kindness Great Gift Popular Religion Xiii Century 
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