The Henrician reformation had irrefutably more to do with political principles than religious axiom, and in order to understand this we need to consider the rationales behind the break from Rome. While the word ‘reformation’ suggests that the shift in doctrine was due to the desire to reshape the Church, the circumstances surrounding the changes made it apparent that there were other more potent factors driving the break from Rome. The influence of Henry’s advisors, Cranmer and Cromwell, whose policies between 1530 and 1546 inclined around the King’s desire for power, money and an heir, but bought about their own dreams of religious changes as a byproduct.
As you can see, I set my argument out, as well as giving a brief background to the reformation. I also defined the question, thus providing a starting point to base my essay on.