Compare the activities of Henry VIII with the Byzantine iconoclastic emperors of the 8th and 9th centuries. What are the similarities and differences in their activities?
The goals of these monarchs were about the same – to increase personal power. Their means are also similar: competition with the church. But in Byzantium, the emperors were unable to overcome monasticism, and Henry VIII lived in the era of the economic revolution and managed to link his reform with the growing forces of the English bourgeoisie.
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