"Cromwell saw his opportunity, pressing ahead with measures that would impress the League while advancing his own agenda"
Henry had now denounced veneration of relics and images "as idolatory pure and simple"
So Cromwell "purged shrines and cults of saints with unconcealed zest, to the delight of the king's German guests"
"Most spectacularly" at the shrine of Thomas Becket at Canterbury (Guy calls the zenith of the anit-papal campaign, also erased the name of the pope from allb books)
Where Henry had once knelt in prayer there with Charles V
Richard Rex says this symbolised the overthrow of clerical superiority over the king (think of what acc happened with Thomas Becket death)
Henry had already ordered the destruction of the larger abbeys
declared them venerate bastions of "popery"
"those monksw ho cooperated were generously pensioned off"
Those whor esisted "were vound in chains, tried for treason and hanged"
e.g. those at Colchester, Reading and Glastonbury
Almost all except those turned into Cathedrals were "dismantled- in some cases using explosives in a concerted effort to wipe theeir memory from the face of the Earth"
"precious metals, art treasures, libraries and building materials were systematically plundered"
"But negotaitions with the league faltered again" -> Henry reuused to make concessions on topics e.g. communion in both the bread and the wine, private Masses and clerical celibacy
And as the Lutherans left, another problem came up
began to receive info claiming that there was a "sacrementarian network" in England => purely symbolic view of Eucharist, even more radical than Lutheran spiritual interpretation