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Tudor Religion

The Tudor period saw a lot of confusion over religion, as individual monarchs followed their own private beliefs and carried these into society. Henry VIIIís break with Rome, and beginning of the Anglican church, was followed by his son Edward VIís more protestant views which encouraged the destruction of rich and gaudy church decoration, saintsí images and stained glass.

On Edwardís death, he was succeeded by his half-sister Mary (known as Bloody Mary) who was a fervent Catholic. The decorations went up again, and protestants were persecuted much as Catholics had been before. Finally, Mary was followed by Elizabeth, who was more tolerant but who was a protestant, and who nonetheless encouraged the reform of churches and worship. Many people died for their religion during the reign of all three monarchs, and religion was often closely tied to politics.