When Luther first posted the "95 Theses," King Henry VIII of England defended the Catholic Church; however, his relationship changed drastically when he wanted to divorce his wife Catherine of Aragon. The pope denied this request because it was against cannon law. Therefore, King Henry VIII followed in Luther, Calvin, and other leader's footsteps and broke away from the authority of the pope. He divorced Catherine and continued to have 7 different wives, and as a result, was also excommunicated. Then, he created the church of England, now known as the Anglican church, and passed the Act of Supremacy. This law stated that whomever was in charge of the country, was also the head of the church.