Thomas Cromwell: Inserting Himself into Henry VIII’s ‘Great Bible’ via Cut-n-Paste

Thomas Cromwell’s Machiavellian maneuvering influenced his own depiction on the front of The Great Bible. Introduction The Great Bible is often seen as a monument of English reform – but could it also contain the first known example of political photoshopping in early modern England? Printed in 1538-9, it was to be purchased by every[…]

The ‘Dissolution of the Monasteries’ by Henry VIII in 1536

It was the first step of what would turn out to be a rocky and far from straightforward road to making England a Protestant state. Introduction The Dissolution of the Monasteries was a policy introduced in 1536 CE by Henry VIII of England (r. 1509-1547 CE) to close down and confiscate the lands and wealth[…]

The ‘Pilgrimage of Grace’ against Henry VIII Splitting the Church of England from Rome

The 40,000 protestors were dispersed by the threat of armed force and false promises of pardons and reforms. Introduction The Pilgrimage of Grace is the collective name for a series of rebellions in northern England, first in Lincolnshire and then in Yorkshire and elsewhere between October and December 1536 CE. Nobles, clergy, monks, and commoners united to[…]