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Week 10: Dissolution of the Monasteries

 Henry VIII took his most decisive step against the power of the church (in England) in 1538, when he began the  Dissolution of the Monasteries. He did it piecemeal, perhaps to avoid too much outcry at the start. First the small, less powerful houses had their property confiscated and their buildings blighted (made unsuitable for use). They were followed the next year by the large houses. Philosophical concepts of the power of the king over church may have played a part in Henry’s decision to suppress the monasteries, but so did greed. The monasteries were rich, and a lot of that wealth found its way directly or indirectly to the royal treasury. Some of the monastery buildings were sold to wealthy gentry for use as country estates. Many others became sources of cheap building materials for local inhabitants. One of the results of the Dissolution of the Monasteries is that those who bought the old monastic lands were inclined to support Henry in his break with Rome, purely from self interest. (sourced from the Britian Express website)

This section is best completed using the textbook, “Societies in Change”. Study the text on page 28 and 29. On page 29, answer question 3 in your exercise books. Continue reading the text on “Why did Henry close the monasteries?” and then read page 30 and the top section on page 31. Answer all the questions in the yellow boxes, (1 to 6) in full sentences.

The homework is to complete these. Each Year 8 group will have a short test on Henry VIII in two week’s time. (22/3/2010) This should enable students to have enough time to revise.

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