1534: Henry VIII Becomes Head of the Church of England


1 min

03 Nov 2016

On this day in 1534 King Henry VIII became the Head of the newly founded Church of England. At the time this was a seismic shift in the power dynamics of Europe, as England’s split from Rome was confirmed. Desperate for a divorce with his first wife Catherine of Aragon, and denied it by the Pope, Henry saw leaving the Catholic Church as his only option. Given that this had never happened in the thousand year history of Christianity in England, it was a huge decision and required a comprehensive restructuring of every sector of English governance and society in an age where religious matters were of great importance.