anome said:I've never understood that. The Church of England was founded in order to let the monarch divorce and remarry. And yet we have had to have this long running thing about should he be allowed to marry Camilla, etc.
It's not quite that straightforward. Henry VIII's break with Rome coincided with the spread of the Protestant movement, it did not cause the Protestant movement. Henry VIII still regarded himself as Catholic, and moved between allowing and condemning Protestant 'heresy', almost sending whaterface (Parr? Seymour? I always get them two mixed up) to the Tower because she owned certain Protestant books that he considered (sometimes) banned.
Henry didn't want a Church of England. He wanted to be Head of the Church in England, but he still wanted the Church to be Catholic. At least, most of the time.
Honestly speaking, Henry VIII was rather a bad show, and we'd have probably been much better off as a country if a) Arthur hadn't popped his clogs, or b) Henry hadn't been so addicted to wedding cake.
edit Getting divorced is frowned on in Protestant churches as much as anywhere else. It's also forbidden for divorced people to remarry in church, even if it is Protestant. Of course, that's where there appears to be the difference between high and low Protestant, in that in low churches, it appears the vicar's word is law. Which has always struck me as rather odd. Still... So that's why there was a stink about Camilla and Charles getting married in a church as well. Hence the legal ceremony followed by the blessing.