FAITH, FIRE AND REBELLION: DISSOLUTION & REFORMATION

When Henry VIII, wanting a new wife/male heir, found his divorce foundering on a rock of papal intransigence, he resolved to dissolve the monasteries and adopt Anne Boleyn’s Protestantism. Henry veered between Rome & Canterbury, and full reformation wasn’t achieved until the reign of daughter Elizabeth. The ‘stripping the altars’ proved traumatic, especially Northwards, where 

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