Henry VIII

Movement English Reformation
Born London, 1491
Died London, 1547
Significance Henry VIII reigned as King of England from 1509 until his death in 1547. He married Catherine of Aragon, his brother's widow, in 1509. Because she was unable to produce a male heir, he sought an annullment from Pope Clement VII which was refused. Thus, in 1534 the Act of Supremacy declared Henry the Supreme Head of the Church in England.
Works The Act of the Six Articles
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The Act was passed by Parliament in June of 1539. It remained Henry's policy toward reforms until his death. The Six Articles was referred to as "the bloody whip with six strings" by many protestants. Below is a list of the six articles. It is an abreviated form of the document.

First, that in the most blessed sacrament of the altar, by the strength and efficacy of Christ's mighty word (it being spoken by the priest), is present really, under the form of bread and wine, the natural body and blood of our Savior Jesus Christ, conceived by the Virgin Mary; and after the consecration there remaineth no substance of bread and wine, nor any other substance, but the substance of Christ-God and man.

Secondly, that communion in both kinds is not necessary ad salutem, by the law of God, to all persons; and that it is to be believed, and not doubted of, but that in the flesh, under the form of the bread, is the very blood; and with the blood, under the form of the wine, is the very flesh;...

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