Explain why there was criticism of the clergy around 1529:
There was criticism of the personnel of the church both high and low, from village priests to roman cardinals; criticism of lifestyles; criticism of the clergy seen as not fully committed to or measure up to Christian ideals. All of these strands of criticism were of long standing in England and elsewhere in Europe. Anti-clericalism and antipapalism had little real threat to the English church in the 1520’s. Erastainism usually operated to uphold the church and its powers, but in the late 1520’s because of the peculiar set of circumstances, it would be the main force that brought about the reformation.
An example of critisism against the clergy was brought about by Colet in his
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Furthermore, another reason why there was cristim of the clergy was down to the fact that the clergy were seen as ravenous, horrible men who were in fact sinning against god. As described by Fish in the supplication of the beggars, “greedy, holy idol thieves,” this was a famous piece of propaganda that critsed the clergy. It was a popular belief at in the 16th century to believe that the clergy were greedy as stole innocent people’s money as talked about by Fish. John Foxe dates the arrival of Fish’s Supplication as February 2, 1529 when the support for criticism against the clergy was increasing. Other evidence to support the fact that there was criticism against the clergy is found through martyrs of the cause such as Richard Hunne who was a merchant tailor from London. When his baby died on March 1511 he was asked by the priest to give up his christening robe to pay for the mortuary fee. Due to this and other factors Hunne was arrested and imprisoned but whilst in jail Hunne apparently hung himself showing that how important it was to him to reform the church. The case also had great consequence as throne pointed out, “the churches reputation suffered,” and so showed ho much support Hunne received due to anti-clericalism. Other