Henry VIII Part 3, The Cyrus episode.  Henry’s romantic misadventures are portrayed as a somewhat pathetic and lame subject for History.  The execution of Cromwell sheds light on the pattern of Royal executions.  Henry’s later advisors make a number of missteps from debasing the currency to getting into wars with both France and Scotland.  We summarize Cromwell’s contribution to the Reformation in England.  We discuss the English bible, the printing industry and drive the theme that the English reformation was just not as violent and murdery as on the continent.  Mary’s threat to the Reformation is introduced.  Conversations with Camie ranges from literacy levels to divine intervention, the dangers of life at Court to a clarification about Mary’s burnings for Heresy as opposed to normal regime change type political murdering.  We close with a mention of 2 really horrible climate events of the late 16th century.  
The Reformation in England continues with Cromwell’s Act of Supremacy.  A minimally murdery Reformation.  Parliament makes Henry head of the Church of England and the clergy goes along with it.  Cromwell begins dissolving the monasteries through a thorough legal process with pensions for the ex-monks.  Along the way the crown is enriched.  Seemingly all Henry’s problems are solved in one fell swoop.  But it is complex, nine threads and they all had to work.  Could this have been Cromwell’s master plan all along?  And did he make it permanent by making sure all the major families got some of the confiscated land?  That was the effect.  With Camie we look at the 3 main phases of monastery dissolution and emphasize how different Britain was as their Reformation was minimally murdery.
The Reformation in England; Henry VIII Part 1.  The first of a 5 episode arc.  The Reformation is dominated by Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell.  The stakes are high, the relationship between the living and the dead are at the heart of it.  This episode has a lot of narrative on Henry’s first marriage, the arguments made to the Pope in his quest for an annulment.  The argument here is that the entire approach was hopeless because the person who decided was really Charles V.  Henry’s minister  Wolsey must have known this and his failure lead to his downfall.   Enter Thomas Cromwell, we hear his fascinating background, his capacities, and the first hint of his plan to solve Henry’s 4 problems.  Power.  Money.  Royal Succession.  His Love for Anne.
Reformation in Germany Part 2.  The bloody parts.  We start with the example of astrology as a belief of educated people in the 16th century and wonder what equally stupid things we believe today.  This leads to extended coverage of the Peasant’s Revolt, the largest until Bolshevik times.  The Reformation begins to spread but is limited by reaction to the Peasant’s Revolt.  Then we move on to the Anabaptist attempt to create a paradise in Munster.  Their failure is widely misunderstood as a religious failure, but the reaction to it across Europe and the continent has consequences we still feel today.
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