During the reign of henry viii, however,the tide turned in favour of protestantism, and by the 1600s the new church held sway over the old so, the short reign of edward vi saw a determined attempt to introduce a full protestant church polity into england, modelled on that of the swiss and german. He was a glamorous 'renaissance prince' and wanted to be the greatest king england ever had he went to war henry viii is most famous for divorcing his first wife, catherine of aragon, because she could not give him a male heir in 1534 he said that he, not the pope, was the head of the church in england although. Henry viii is one of the most famous kings in british history he was the second his break with the papacy in rome established the church of england and began the reformation when henry vii died in 1509, this popular eighteen- year-old prince, known for his love of hunting and dancing, became king henry viii.
At that time divorce was very rare and the catholic church did not allow them except in the most unusual cases to get a divorce the pope had to believe that there was a religious reason for it the pope did not want to give henry viii a divorce from catherine, despite lots of pressure from england henry viii was desperate.
The history of christianity in britain covers the religious organisations, policies, theology, and popular religiosity since ancient times contents [hide] 1 england 11 celts 12 anglo-saxons 13 normans 14 english reformation 15 1689– 1945 151 anti-catholicism 152 the first great awakening 153 census of 1851.
British family: henry vii = father elizabeth of york = mother king henry viii had six wives catherine of aragon anne boleyn jane seymour anne of cleves catherine howard catherine parr he killed them since they didn't give birth to sons but instead, they gave birth to daughters he wanted a son so that when he.