Many historians have compared the European Reformation with Byzantine iconoclasm. What are the similarities and differences between them? In which country in Europe does the Reformation most closely resemble iconoclasm?
Iconoclasm is similar to the English Reformation. It took place in a homogeneous absolutist country and took the form of popular resistance to absolute power. In England there was a strong common desire to isolate itself from Catholic Rome, so during the Reformation its “royal” form was replaced by the “popular” one. In Byzantium, there were no external spiritual authorities, as the pope was for England – this was one of the reasons for the failure of iconoclasm.
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