Henry VIII’s savage Reformation

When Henry VIII instituted the break with Rome, he ushered in an era that would see Protestants and Catholics burn, starve, hang and hack each other to death in their thousands. Peter Marshall tells the story of England's bloody wars of religion

Travelling Mass set, c1535, consisting of a silver-gilt chalice; a paten (Communion plate) and a glass bottle for wine, with a leather box in which to carry them. (Photo by Museum of London/Heritage Images/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the May 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine

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