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1509 CE - 1547 CE: Reign of Henry VIII of England.
 
 
1509 CE: Prince Henry (future Henry VIII of England) marries Catherine of Aragon.
 
 
1513 CE - 1529 CE: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey serves as Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII of England.
 
 
1521 CE: The Pope awards Henry VIII of England with the title 'Defender of the Faith'.
 
 
1522 CE: Anne Boleyn arrives at the court of Henry VIII of England.
 
 
1529 CE - 1532 CE: Sir Thomas More is Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII of England.
 
 
1529 CE: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey is dismissed from the Privy Council and as Lord Chancellor for his failure in Henry VIII of England's 'Great Matter'.
 
 
1529 CE: Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio presides over a special court to decide the annulment of the first marriage of Henry VIII of England. No decision is reached.
 
 
1530 CE: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey dies of ill health on his way to trial for treason against Henry VIII of England.
 
 
1532 CE - 1540 CE: Thomas Cromwell is chief minister to Henry VIII of England.
 
 
1532 CE: Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor over Henry VIII of England's plans to remarry.
 
 
1532 CE: Thomas Cromwell pushes through Parliament the Act in Restraint of Annates which limits funds paid to the Papacy.
 
 
1532 CE: Henry VIII of England travels to France with Anne Boleyn as his official consort.
 
 
1533 CE: Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury formally annuls Henry VIII of England’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon.
 
 
1533 CE: Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII of England, is crowned Queen of England.
 
 
1533 CE: Thomas Cromwell pushes through Parliament the Act in Restraint of Appeals which declares that the English monarch is now the highest authority on all legal matters.
 
 
1533 CE: Henry VIII of England appoints Thomas Cranmer as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
 
 
1533 CE: Henry VIII of England marries his second wife, Anne Boleyn, in secret.
 
 
1533 CE - 1555 CE: Thomas Cranmer serves as the Archbishop of Canterbury.
 
 
1534 CE: Thomas Cromwell pushes through Parliament the Treason Act which forbids people to speak out and criticise their king or his policies.
 
 
1534 CE: Parliament passes the Act of Succession which declares Henry VIII of England's daughter Mary (with Catherine of Aragon) illegitimate.
 
 
1534 CE: The Act of Supremacy declares Herny VIII of England the head of the Church in England and not the Pope.
 
 
1535 CE: Thomas Cromwell and a team of inspectors compile the Valor Ecclesiasticus, a record of all the wealth and income of monastic institutions in England and Wales.
 
 
1535 CE: Thomas Cromwell is made vicar-general by Henry VIII of England.
 
 
1535 CE: Sir Thomas More is executed for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII of England as the head of the Church in England.
 
 
1536 CE: Thomas Cromwell issues The Injunctions, a set of recommendations for the clergy.
 
 
1536 CE: The Pilgrimage of Grace, a popular uprising against religious changes made by Henry VIII of England, marches in the north of England.
 
 
1536 CE: Thomas Cromwell's Ten Articles rejects four of the Seven Sacraments of Catholicism.
 
 
1536 CE: Henry VIII of England and Thomas Cromwell push a bill through Parliament which begins the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England and Wales.
 
 
1537 CE: Henry VIII of England executes 178 of the protestors involved in the Pilgrimage of Grace.
 
 
1537 CE: Thomas Cromwell publishes The Bishop’s Book.
 
 
1538 CE: Thomas Cromwell issues a more radical version of The Injunctions.
 
 
1539 CE: Henry VIII of England approves the translation of the Bible into English.
 
 
1539 CE: Parliament passes an act to close all monasteries in England and Wales regardless of size.
 
 
1540 CE: Waltham Abbey is the last monastery in England to close.
 
 
1540 CE: Waltham Abbey in Essex is the last monastery to close in England.
 
1540 CE: Thomas Cromwell is arrested on charges of treason and heresy.
 
 
1540 CE: Thomas Cromwell is executed for treason and heresy.
 
 
1547 CE: Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, issues his 'Book of Homilies'.
 
 
1549 CE: The massacre at Dussindale in Norfolk ends the Kett Rebellion.
 
 
1549 CE: The Act of Uniformity makes the new Book of Common Prayer compulsory in England.
 
1549 CE: A new Book of Common Prayer is issued in England.
 
 
1549 CE: The Kett Rebellion breaks out in Norfolk led by Robert Kett.
 
1552 CE: A new, even more radical Book of Common Prayer is issued in England, removing many of the Catholic elements of religious worship.
 
 
1553 CE: The First Act of Repeal reverses all the religious-aimed legislation of Edward VI of England.
 
 
1555 CE: The Second Act of Repeal abolishes all post-1529 CE legislation concerning religious matters in England.
 
 
1555 CE: Mary I of England begins her persecution of Protestant 'heretics', eventually burning 287 of them at the stake.
 
 
1556 CE: Thomas Cranmer is burnt at the stake in Oxford for heresy.
 
 
1559 CE - 1563 CE: The Elizabethan Religious Settlement, a set of acts and decisions which continue the English Reformation.
 
 
1559 CE: Elizabeth I of England introduces a new compromise Book of Common Prayer.
 
 
1559 CE: Elizabeth I of England reinstates the Act of Supremacy.
 
 
1559 CE: The Act of Uniformity which bans the Mass service and sets out what the interiors of English churches should look like.
 
 
1559 CE: The Royal Injunctions - 57 regulations on Church matters which continue the English Reformation.
 
 
1563 CE: The 39 Articles define English Protestantism.
 
 
1570 CE: The Pope excommunicates Elizabeth I of England.
 
 
1587 CE: Mary, Queen of Scots, guilty of plotting against Elizabeth I of England, is executed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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