The History of Separatism in England

The Marnor House, Scrooby

Before we can start dealing with the Mayflower Story it’s necessary to look back before their time. What caused the Separatist Movement? Why was it outlawed? Without doing this we’ll never see what caused it to become a movement, rather than an ideology. What caused the cry for separatism in the hearts and lives of people in England that finally led to the birth of the Pilgrim Fathers? What did they cherished so much to undergo anything for; rebellion against the state, physical hardship, pain, suffering and even death? We have to return to the Tudor Period to start our search for the answers.

The Tudors
It all started when they Tudors reigned England. The Tudors began to reign after the War of the Roses (1455 – 1487). This was a battle between two crown heads of England; The House of Lancaster (The Red Rose) and The house of York (The White Rose). Henry V11 seized the crown of England and Ireland on 22nd August 1485 when his forces defeated those of King Richard 111 at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists and so Henry was crowned King. Upon Henry’s death his son Henry V111 ascended the throne (1509) after his father’s death he married Catherine of Aragon that year.
The Break With Rome

Published by Alan Archer

Alan is the eldest of twin brothers. He lives in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England with his step-daughter Clare Goult. He lost his wife, Sylvia, to cancer in August 2017. Alan plans that his 32 page booklet, ‘John Carver & The Pilgrim Fathers’, should be published in 2019. This is ‘Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of The Pilgrim Fathers’ Voyage of the Mayflower, 1620’. Alan is finishing a book on the life of John Carver and his involvement with The Pilgrim Fathers. Alan is currently writing a DCI Jack Kirby crime novel, ‘Only A Weekend’. He has plans for a following book entitled, ‘Barracuda Junction’. When Alan is not writing he helps with the charity, Doncaster P2 Locomotive Trust Ltd. as their Events Manager and helps on the Fundraising Team. He has experience as a self-employed Tour Operator that required organisational skills, book-keeping and people management. Alan has worked as a Salesman, Administration Assistant, and many other types of jobs too numerous to mention. Alan’s hobbies and interests apart from writing and railways are: football (soccer) particularly Sheffield Wednesday, reading, rockabilly music of late 1950s/‘60s and driving. He has been involved in politics at a local level and has a sense of humour.

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