The English Reformation was not a religious reformation intended by Luther and Calvin but a political reformation. It was not until 1534 that Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church of England making English reformation 17 years later than Luther’s.
Of the many issues of Reformation to focus especially on the issue of the King’s divorce is only a narrow-minded view. One of the reasons Henry VIII parted with the Vatican was because of his non-biblical marriage with his sister-in-law.
The Church of England was founded under the influence of John Wycliff(1320-84) because the people of England wanted an independent Reformation, Henry VIII wanted a son to continue the throne making England a strong, unified country centered around the king.
Edward VI unified the Book of Common Prayer but died early, and Queen Mary followed her Spanish Catholic mother’s wishes and restored the Church of England back to Catholicism, before the Reformations brought on by Henry VIII.
The Church of England is established theologically, organizationally at the time of Queen Elizabeth, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn(1501-36).
While Europe was going through Religious Reformation, Catholicism was the main religion for 17 years in England and there were Protestant “puritans” in English politics as well.
It took 35 years for the Church of England to have an established doctrine, starting in 1534 until the time of Queen Elizabeth.
The Church of England kept episcopacy and liturgy from the Catholic Church.
In its struggle for independence from the Catholic Church and in reaction to criticism from Puritans for maintaining certain Catholic traditions, the Church of England denounced transubstantiation and purgatory, rejected the worship of Maria, and established theories of the Church of England.
Refomation of religious doctrine and theological apologetics was not sufficient for Reformation so the Church of England had to stress political diversity, openness, and moderation.
However, it is important to remember that England and John Wycliff was one of the first in Europe to reform religion by translating the Bible into English.