The Act of Supremacy, 1534

By the 1530s Henry VIII needed the broad agreement of the realm for the massive changes created by the Reformation. Here, in the Act of Supremacy, he is invoking the authority of Parliament to proclaim the declared wishes of the convocations of clergy that had already agreed to his becoming the head of the Church of England.

Henry VIII's reign witnessed many far-reaching changes to the structure of a society that was still essentially medieval. Despite its bombastic language, this proclamation gives an indication of how the monarch could use the function of Parliament to define and modify the English state that he or she upheld.
Catalogue reference: C 65/143, m. 5, nos. 8 and 9 (1534)

Act of Supremacy


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