In Part Two, Marshall continues to explicate divisions within the English Church that began with the Lollardy. Now more chronological in structure, Part Two addresses the role that Martin Luther’s struggle against Papal authority played in the English Reformation. Within the Monarchy, Marshall follows Henry VIII from his marriage with Anne Boleyn to the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The central theme of the instability of the Henry’s Reformation is continually shown throughout Part Two through the rebellions in England and the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s.
|Hans Holbein's portrait of King Henry VIII (1536)|
Henry’s Reformation and his new role as head of the church generated their own reactions which, while eventually squelched, did not go down quietly. Marshall then goes on to explain how the people, as well as the state, dealt with the role the newly separated Christianity in England in “what, and how, to believe.”
|Queen Elizabeth I in Parliament|