The common belief is that King Henry VIII was the founder of the Church in England over a matter of divorce. While certainly instrumental in the emergence of the “Anglican” church, the church in England pre-existed long before Henry’s reign and, while joining the Continental Reformers in protesting perceived abuses by the Church of Rome at that time, nevertheless remained true to the faith “once delivered to the saints.”

The following video series explores the rich tradition and history of the Anglican Church.

 

Part 1 explores the history of Christianity in England before the Reformation as a necessary context against which the advent of Anglicanism can best be understood.
Part 2 introduces the events that led King Henry VIII of England to remove the Church of England from Papal Authority.
Part 3 covers the English Reformation carried out by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and his fellow reformers under King Edward VI, followed by the brief Catholic Restoration and Persecutions.
Part 4 introduces the character of  the Church of England under Elizabeth I with special attention given to the “Elizabethan Settlement” and the “39 Articles”
Part 5 looks at Anglicanism from the Reigns of King James I/VI, King Charles I and the English Commonwealth and Protectorate.
Concluding the series, a look at Anglicanism from the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 until the Union of England and Scotland in 1707. This period covers the development of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer as well as the Glorious Revolution.[/one_half