How does Henry VIII maintain power while breaking away from the Catholic Church and destroying monasteries and churches?
Henry VIII maintained power by becoming the ruler of his own religion, the Church of England. He separated from the Roman Catholic Church. Henry wanted just as much power as the pope, and that is exactly what he received. Henry was angry at the pope because he did not grant him an annulment between him and his current wife.Henry VIII ultimately created this new church because he wanted to divorce his wife, Katharine of Aragon, because she wasn't producing him a son. The Parliament helped Henry rule, by passing laws and making decisions. If one did not follow the king's rules they would surely be executed. Thomas Moore made this mistake: "The effect of the treason was denying the king to be Supreme Head of the Church of England, according to a statute, The Act of Supremacy, made in the last session of Parliament". (http://englishhistory.net/tudor/1535exec.html) Nobody was allowed to associate themselves with the Roman Catholic faith. If people had a faith to follow, then all was well. Henry VIII was their king so he had all the power. He could do whatever he wanted and he couldn't be contained.