Not sure the “Henry the VIII” analogy fits since Henry’s break from the church was driven by the need to consolidate his own powerbase by producing an heir.
Still, good read.

In his book on sovereignty, Robert Jackson writes (pg. 38): During the Reformation in many parts of north-western Europe the cosmopolitan Catholic Church was greatly reduced in its authority and power. Its sacerdotium was undermined and even terminated. Its lands were expropriated by kings and distributed to aristocratic supporters. Its clergy were shorn of autonomy and often reduced to being functionaries of a national church…The regnum, howev … Read More

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