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The parish registers were introduced mainly because Thomas Cromwell had found that they were in common use in the rest of Europe and according to the sources cited by the related wikipedia article, they expressed the desire of the central government to have better knowledge of the population of the country. The 1538 Act requiring parishes to keep these ...


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There are good answers to this already, but I've got some recently unearthed evidence in mind which is also relevant for this topic. Namely, it turns out that Henry specified the detail of the would-be execution in a warrant book: “We, however, command that… the head of the same Anne shall be… cut off.” Clearly Anne's wishes, whether for divorce or some ...


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