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Anglican Church

The Anglican Church is a primary branch of the Protestant Movement that started in England in the 1500s. Branches of the movement are common throughout the English speaking world.

The early history of the Anglican Church was interwoven with the Monarchy. Archbishop of Canterbury is the lead cleric and the monarch is considered the supreme governor; However, the influence of the monarch has gradually waned.

The break with the Roman Catholic Church began with an epic drama worthy of Shakespearean verse. King Henry VIII was troubled that his arranged marriage with Aragon failed to produce a male heir. His mistress Anne Boleyn, was sympathetic to the Protestant Reformation. The Pope refused to annul the marriage and the Archbishop of Canterbury performed the annulment in defiance.

In this drama, King Henry VIII married six women but failed to receive a male heir.

In 1534, the English Parliament the Act of Supremacy which established King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

The church adopted ideas of the the Protestant Reformation under King Edward VI (1547–1553) in a period called The English Reformation.

The Anglican Church developed its distinct identity during the Elizabethan Settlement of 1559 holding the Book of Common Prayer as a central text.

Timeline of Events

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  1. Wikipedia - Anglicanism (Drawn 11/4/2020)

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