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Glossary

Dissolution of the Monasteries; Dissolution; Dissolution of Monasteries; Dissolved

Between 1536 and 1540 all the monasteries, King Henry VIII abolished convents and friaries in England. This was partly because the king had left the Catholic church, whilst most monks continued to belong. It also brought much wealth to the king, as all the land and property was given to the king, who sold much of it. The Dissolution was very unpopular in some parts of the country, and led to a rebellion in the North, known as the Pilgrimage of Grace (1536).

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