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Dissolution of the Monasteries Act
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As the result of moral, economic, political and religious factors, Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in England and Wales in the 1530s. Assisted by T. Cromwell, the process continued intermittently. In 1536, Parliament passed an act – the co-called “Dissolution of the Monasteries Act” – that led to the closure of around 250 of the smaller houses of the orders (roughly a third of the total), each of which had an annual income of less than 200 pounds. The 1539 law called the “Suppression of Religious Hou…

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Carter, Grayson, “Dissolution of the Monasteries Act”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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