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11 February 1531 – Convocation grants Henry VIII the title of Supreme Head of the English Church

Posted By on February 11, 2016

1491_Henry_VIII by Joos van Cleve On this day in history, 11th February 1531, Convocation granted Henry VIII the title of “singular protector, supreme lord, and even, so far as the law of Christ allows, supreme head of the English church and clergy”, and it was George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Anne Boleyn, who played a prominent role in persuading Convocation of the scriptural case for the King’s supremacy.

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1 thought on “11 February 1531 – Convocation grants Henry VIII the title of Supreme Head of the English Church”

  1. Banditqueen says:

    Convocation cannot have been totally in agreement with Henry as at this point his title is traditional, not with the full powers he wanted. He is limited by cavitates and the law of Christ. Interesting that Henry decides to find a way to bribe the clergy into submission by using their oath to the Pope to later say that they are not his full subjects. He then more or less used the same clauses that he brought against Wolsey to scare them into submission, receiving the submission in Parliament and their oath to him. He very cleverly used the law to gain these supreme powers, one step at a time, so he could say he had their support and it was not merely his own will.

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