Please Note: Until The Calendar (New Style) Act 1750 was introduced the legal year began on 25 March. Therefore, all legislation passed between 1 January and that date is counted as part of the previous calendar year.
Sir Thomas More's Opening Speech - Wolsey a Castrated Ram
3 November 1529
1st Legislative Session 3 November 1529 - 17 December 1529
1529 Pluralism No 13
An Act that no Spiritual Persons shall take to farm, of the King or any other Person, any Lands or Tenements for Term of Life, Lives, Years or at Will, &c.; and for Pluralities of Benefices; and for Residence .
2nd Legislative Session 16 January 1531 - 31 March 1531
An Act concerning the pardon granted to the King’s Spiritual Subjects of the Province of Canterbury for the Praemunire
3rd Legislative Session 15 January 1532 - 14 May 1532
A petition passed by the House of Commons detailing grievances against Church of England prelates and the clergy
The response of the clergy to the petition
1532 Submission of the Clergy
Although the submission was agreed in Convocation, sitting at the same time as Parliament, in 1532 it was not introduced into civil law until 1534
The English church submitted to the King’s authority . No church law in future would be legal without his consent
Suspension of traditional payments to Rome
4th Legislative Session 4 February 1533 - 7 April 1533
An Act making the King the final legal authority in England to the exclusion of Rome.
'Where by divers sundry old authentic histories and chronicles it is manifestly declared and expressed that this realm of England is an empire...
The website is supported by revenue from the sales of the book Henry VIII, the Reign.
If you find the free information on the site helpful, please consider buying the book, which is a sweeping new look at the fundamental events which shaped the reign of Henry VIII – its only £2.99 (available in any currency) and jam-packed with supporting historical sources.
Tell us please, have we missed or misinterpreted any of those important events?
History is a matter of interpretation so please do let me know.
5th Legislative Session 15 January 1534 - 30 March 1534
An Act which made Princess Elizabeth, successor to the Crown by declaring Princess Mary a bastard.
Enactment of the above in 1532
Complete termination of the above with had been suspended in 1532
6th Legislative Session 3 November 1534 - 18 December 1534
An Act that required all those asked to take the oath to recognise Anne Boleyn as King Henry VIII's lawful wife and their children legitimate heirs to the throne. Anyone refusing to take the oath was guilty of treason.
The oath for the act
An Act which made it treason, punishable by death, to disavow the Act of Supremacy.
The oath for the act
7th Legislative Session 4 February 1536 - 14 April 1536
An Act to dissolve monasteries with an income of less than £200 a year.
End of the Reformation Parliament - 14 April 1536
The mother of Henry VIII's son is at the heart of the rebellion to overthrow the government of the tyrannical monarch, the crown was Henry Fitzroy’s by right. He would lead the fight to stop the king’s evil councillors tearing down the monasteries...Read More
Later Reforming Articles and Legislation
6th Parliament of Henry VIII's Reign 8 June 1536 - 18 July 1536
1536 Second Act of Succession
An Act, following the conviction and execution of Anne Boleyn, excluding Elizabeth from succession
In Convocation 1536 Ten Articles
See of Rome Act 1536
An Act extinguishing the Authority of the Bishop of Rome
An Act for the dissolution of the remaining 552 monasteries after the Dissolution of the Lesser Monasteries Act of 1535
A reversal of some of Cromwell's polices enacted, he claimed, while he was ill
Henry VIII,the Reign