Acts of the Reformation Parliament

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Acts of the Reformation Parliament

 

Act in Restraint of Appeals, 1533Put a stop to all appeals in testamentary (wills), matrimony and tithes going to Rome. These cases would now be heard in ecclesiastical courts in England.
Act of Supremacy, 1533 Confirmation of Henry as Head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Act in Restraint of Annates, 1534This Act disallowed the payments of 'First Fruits and Tenths' from going to Rome. They would go to the crown instead. It also laid down the procedure for the election of bishops and abbots. A later Act abolished 'Peter's Pence'.
Succession Act, 1534This put the heirs of Henry and Anne above all others. To question this became a treasonable offence. Every adult in the land had to swear an oath agreeing to this.
Act for the Submission of the Clergy, 1534 This took away the right for the Convocation to assemble without a royal licence.
Treason Act, 1535 This was a formidable piece of legislation which made it an offence to desire in any way harm to the king, the queen or the heir apparent. This, if used frequently would have given Henry something very close to absolute power.
Act Extinguishing the Authority of the Bishop of Rome, 1536Just in case anything had been missed, this made sure that any loopholes were dealt with. From this point onwards, Henry could be sure that complete control of the church was his.

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