The Act of Supremacy, 1534
Catalogue reference: C 65/143, m. 5, nos. 8 and 9


Albeit the Kynges Majestie justely and rightfully is & oweth to be supreme hede of the Churche of England and so is recognysed by the Clergy of the Realme in their convocacions; yet neverthelesse for corroboracion & confirmacion thereof, and for increase of vertue in Cristis Religion within the Realme of England, and to represse & extirpe all errours heresies and other enormities & abuses heretofore used in the same,

Be it enacted by auctorite of this present Parliament that the Kyng our Soveraign Lorde his heires and successours Kynges of the Realme shalbe takyn accepted & reputed the onely supreme hede in erthe of the Churche of England callyd Anglicana Ecclesia, and shall have and enjoye annexed and united to the Ymperyall Crowne of this Realme aswell the title and style thereof, as all Honours, Dignyties prehemynences jurisdiccions privileges auctorites ymunyties profits and commodities to the said dignytie of supreme hede of the same Churche belonging and apperteynyng.

And that from tyme to tyme to visite represse redresse reforme ordre correct restrayne and amende all suche errours heresies abuses offences contemptes and enormities what so ever they be, whiche by any maner spiritual auctorite or jurisdiccion ought or maie lawfully be reformyd repressyd ordred redressyd corrected restrained or amendyd, moste to the pleasure of Almyghtie God the encrease of vertue yn Chrystis Religion and for the conservacion of the peace unyte and tranquylyte of this Realme any usage custome foreyne lawes foreyne auctoryte prescripcion or anye other thinge or thinges to the contrarie hereof notwithstandinge.

Modern English

Albeit the king's majesty justly and rightfully is and ought to be supreme head of the Church of England and so is recognised by the clergy of the realm in their convocations; yet nevertheless for corroboration and confirmation thereof and for increase in virtue in Christ's religion within the realm of England, and to repress and uproot all errors heresies and other enormities and abuses heretofore used in the same, be it enacted by authority of this present Parliament that the king our sovereign lord, his heirs and successors kings of the realm shall be taken, accepted and reputed the only supreme head on earth of the Church of England called Anglicana Ecclesia and shall have and enjoy annexed and united to the imperial crown of this realm as well the title and style thereof, as all honours, dignities, pre-eminences, jurisdictions, privileges, authorities, immunities, profits and commodities to the said dignity of supreme head of the same Church belonging and appertaining. And that from time to time to visit, repress, redress, reform, order, correct, restrain, and amend all such errors, heresies, abuses, offences, contempts, and enormities whatsoever they be, which by any manner [of] spiritual authority or jurisdiction ought or may lawfully be reformed, repressed redressed, ordered, corrected, restrained, or amended, most to the pleasure of Almighty God the increase of virtue in Christ's religion and for the conservation of the peace, unity, and tranquillity of this realm, any usage, custom, foreign laws, foreign authority, prescription or any other thing or things to the contrary hereof notwithstanding.


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