Henry VIII and Religion
By positioning him firmly within the changing context of his times, Lucy Wooding sees coherence in Henry VIII’s religious policies.
Henry VIII is notorious for many things, but being very religious is not usually one of them. We might think of him as being majestic, bellicose, destructive or manipulative, but not as being particularly pious. And yet religion was one of the subjects that concerned Henry the most; he gave it perhaps more consideration than any other aspect of his reign save warfare. Religion was an integral part of his daily life and a crucial aspect of his kingship. Henry’s religious policies were arguably the most far-reaching of all his innovations as ruler, and his most lasting legacy. Today, the subject of Henry VIII’s religion is perhaps the most hotly contested historical aspect of his life and times.
Debating the Reformation