Photographer's Note

This photo presents ruins of the Bolton Priory in North Yorkshire.

Medieval Europe was pretty much dependent on the voice of the Catholic Church coming from the Pope in Rome. English Monarch, Henry VIII, did not like it. He said, the money which flows to Rome could be better used in the United Kingdom (to fund NHS?). He decided to do the first Brexit ever: he declared himself the head of the Church of England. More money was supposed to stay in the country and the country was supposed to gain more independence. To make it work Henry VIII introduced the act of Dissolution of the Monasteries. With this act the money was taken away from any representatives of the Catholic Church in England. In the consequence of this act today across the whole country, in the country which didn’t have a war on its territory for a very long time, you can see an extraordinary number of ruins. They were once spectacular cathedrals, monasteries, but they were abandoned. In the north, where I live, it is safe to say that most of the interesting cultural sights are actually ruins. Some of my friends laugh at me that I must love ruins…
BTW: the money was used to fund some of the king’s wars. It seems the history repeats itself. I hope the consequences will be less dramatic to the United Kingdom this time.

Dissolution of the Monasteries sometimes referred to as the Suppression of the Monasteries, was the set of administrative and legal processes between 1536 and 1541 by which Henry VIII disbanded monasteries, priories, convents and friaries in England and Wales and Ireland, appropriated their income, disposed of their assets, and provided for their former personnel and functions. Although the policy was originally envisaged as increasing the regular income of the Crown, much former monastic property was sold off to fund Henry's military campaigns in the 1540s. He was given the authority to do this in England and Wales by the Act of Supremacy, passed by Parliament in 1534, which made him Supreme Head of the Church in England, thus separating England from Papal authority, and by the First Suppression Act (1536) and the Second Suppression Act (1539).

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