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The English Reformation was part of the Protestant Reformation. This led to some Christian churches in Europe breaking away from Rome. Each of the countries that went through this process did so in a different way. Earlier the Roman Catholic Church had supreme powers.

Henry VIII broke ties with the church and became head of the English church. This was called the Royal Supremacy. It was the beginning of the Church of England. For the first few years, the Church of England was almost exactly the same as the Catholic Church, except that it was ruled by the King instead of the Pope.

There were several causes for the English Reformation. One of these was that Henry VIII, who was King of England, wanted to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon. Another reason was because Henry wanted to control the lands that belonged to the Church. The Church was rich. Henry thought that if he was in power of the church he would be richer (and gain power).

The Protestant Reformation in Scotland, however, was based more on the teachings of Martin Luther, and so it had a rather different history.

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