Religious Reform and Religious Orders in England, 1490-1540: The Case of the Crutched Friars
By J. Michael Hayden
The Catholic Historical Review, vol. 86.3 (2000)
Synopsis: The purposes of the article are twofold. The first is to propose a model of the response to Henry VIII’s religious policies by a number of religious orders whose English members received significant religious direction from outside England. The second purpose of this article is to contribute to the evidence being gathered by a number of historians which indicates that throughout the fifty years between 1490 and 1540 traditional Catholic religion, as well as many convents and friaries, maintained strong popular support in England because it and they fulfilled the spiritual needs of many ordinary people.