This article describes the assumption of the full concept of authority both in civil and in religious matters by the king Henry VIII of England. It bases the legitimacy of this appropiation on the precedent of the imperial pagan Rome and describes the action of the powers involved in the process: the king himself, the Parliament, the ecclesiastics and some intellectuals. Likewise, it intends to explain the impact that the condensation of powers in a sole symbol had over the subjects of the reign.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-362
JournalMemoria y Civilizacion
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Absolutism
  • Elizabeth I
  • England
  • Henry VIII
  • Tudor dinasty
  • XVIth century


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