The Beginning of the English Reformation [Great Britain]. [Statutes]. Henry VIII [1491-1547], King of England. Anno XXVI. Henrici VIII. Actes Made in the Session of this Presente Parlyament Holden Upon Prorogation at Westm[inster], The .III. Daye of Nove[m]bre, In the XXVI. Yere of the Reygne of Our Mooste Drad Soveraigne Lorde Kynge Henry the VIII, And There Continued and Kepte Tyll the, XVIII, Day of Dece[m]ber Nexte Insuynge. To the Honor of God, And For the Co[m]mon Weale and Profite of this Realme. [London]: Tho. Berthelet Excudebat, [1538?]. XXVI ff. Folio (11-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Recent mottled calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to calf edges, gilt fillets and title to spine, endpapers added. Boards very slightly bowed, a few negligible scuffs to spine. Light toning to interior, faint dampstaining to bottom margin not affecting text, light foxing and soiling in a few places. $2,500. * This early collection of twenty-eight acts from the twenty-sixth regnal year of Henry VIII includes the Act of Supremacy 1534, which declared King Henry and subsequent monarchs "the onely supreme heed in erthe of the church of Englande." The Act represented a complete break with Rome, asserting the independence of the Church of England and marking the beginning of the English Reformation. Also included is the Treasons Act of 1534, which made any disavowal of the Act of Supremacy a capital crime and would ultimately result in the execution of Sir Thomas More under the statute. OCLC and the ESTC locate 6 copies of this imprint, 2 in law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress). Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books S163. English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) S3084.
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