Reine Duell Bethany - Author and Illustrator
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The Disjunct between Church History and Daily Life History

I've been reading J. R. H. Moorman's 1980 book, A History of the Church in England
      Seriously, what really happened to the church in England? Via this book and other sources, I have discovered that the most important thing about Henry VIII was not that he had six wives, two of whom he beheaded. To me, the most important aspect of his reign was his break from the Roman Catholic Church, and his assertion that he alone was head of the Church in England.
     This presumption of spiritual authority had a comprehensive fallout for daily life in England. Many private citizens resented the Pope's imposition of religious taxes and foreign bishops, so Henry VIII was not without support in his decision.
     However, as the years wore on, the daily lives of many commoners suffered ups and downs related to the intermix of politics with religious guidance. This intermix is hard for large church organizations to avoid, though U.S. law helps churches delineate between church and state. One aspect of the Shu Factor series is that my Shu character shows up in places where there is no church -- places where my central character, the troubled 15-year-old named Tryphena, expects to go and not find any supervision or interference from the adults in her life. Shu keeps showing up -- and heaven comes down to Tryph precisely when she was making a move toward letting hell break loose in her life.

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