Do you agree with the view that the main cause of the English Reformation was due to the character and influence of Anne Boleyn

Topics: Henry VIII of England, English Reformation, Anne Boleyn Pages: 3 (1440 words) Published: April 21, 2014
Do you agree with the view that the main cause of the English Reformation was the character and influence of Anne Boleyn?

Source 7 agrees with the view put forward in the question implying that the character of Anne Boleyn and influence over Henry was responsible for the English reformation. Source 9 to a certain extent supports the view in the question and source 7 by implying that Anne Boleyns acquaintances and view shared by her influenced Henrys decision to reform. however source 9 also implies that the corruption of the church and clergy were what firstly persuaded Henry to reform England. Source 8 however, like source 9, disagrees to an extent, with the view in the question, putting forward the idea that the failure of Catherine of Aragon to provide Henry with a sufficient heir to his kingdom, were what influenced Henry to take the first steps in reformation. I disagree with the view in the question due to the unreliability of source 7, and agree with the view portrayed in source 8 in which failure provide a boy heir to Henry was the first step in English reformation, due to its sheer importance to Henry throughout his reign as king.

Source 7 to a large extent agrees with the view in the question, and to a certain extent source 9 also supports the question's view and source 7's view. Source 7 has the unwitting testimony that it was because of the "kings love" (for Anne Boleyn) which lead to the "destruction or survival of his kingdom" implying that it was because of her influence and character which made Henry love her, which was responsible for the English Reformation which would ever destruct or survive due to this. Source 9 supports this to a certain level as it states "he (Henry) was also influeneced by Anne Boleyn's acquaintance" to break with Rome and reform. Anne Boleyn was indeed a huge influence over Henry as he did deary love her. As Henry waited 7 years to due to Anne Bolyens modesty and dignified character to be finally with her, it...
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