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Question: How did Henry VIII break away from the Roman Catholic Church!?
How did Henry VIII break away from the Roman catholic church!? what did he use to help him!?

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Henry sought to divorce his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, because she couldn't give him a male heir!. He wanted to divorce her/have the marriage annulled because he was in love with Anne Boleyn and thought she could give him a son!. One thing he used in this argument was a passage from the bible that said it was a sin to marry your brother's wife, and if you did so you were cursed!. Henry "believed" his inability to have sons by Katherine was due to this curse!.

He "first asked for an annulment in 1527!. After various failed initiatives he stepped up the pressure on Rome, in the summer of 1529, by compiling a manuscript from ancient sources proving in law that spiritual supremacy rested with the monarch, and demonstrating the illegality of Papal authority!. In 1531 Henry first challenged the Pope when he demanded 100,000 pounds from the clergy in exchange for a royal pardon for their illegal jurisdiction!. He also demanded that the clergy should recognise him as their sole protector and supreme head!. The church in England recognised Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church of England on February 11, 1531!."

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http://www!.historyonthenet!.com/Chronolog!.!.!. (a useful timeline of events)Www@QuestionHome@Com

Henry VIII wanted a son but his wife couldn't give him one, so he decided to try to bear a son with another women!. But even though he got a son it would only be half royal because it wasn't from the queen!. So he decided to try and divorce himself from the Queen and the only way to do that was to get consentment from the Pope!. At the time Germany was the greatest power in Europe and threatend the stabiliby of the Vatican so what ever the German Emporer said went!. He did not agree with the divorce so the Pope didn't!. Henry VIII was so mad that he did it anyway by just creating his own church the Church of England!. He also just killed who ever he slept with that didn't bear him a son!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

He was excommunicated and declared himself head of the church in england - interestingly still Catholic!. It was all over his desire to have his marriage to Catherine of Argon annulled!. I expect being king of england helped - in those days kings got to call the shots, as it wereWww@QuestionHome@Com

By declaring that he was ruler of the church!. Since he was king, everyone had to obey him or off with their heads!. All he really did was state that he was now the ruler and leader of the church of England and that the pope had no power over him!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

He simply used his own arrogance and pride to do it and declared himself head of the church!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

Sid James and Barbara WindsorWww@QuestionHome@Com

He renewed his Rangers season ticketWww@QuestionHome@Com

He killed every one that did not agree with Him!.Www@QuestionHome@Com