Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy
Henry-8 dissolved the monasteries and distributed their lands and possessions which at that time comprised a good part of the land available.
This created or augmented an economic class that had a stake in the Reforms. Under Henry the Bible was made available to the common people.
Â Even they who could not read became exposed to Biblical knowledge.
Â A class of commoners grew up who were Biblically literate. Henceforth the moderate semi-Catholic Anglican Church would fight for its existence
Â against the equivalent of lower class and upcoming middle class quasi-fundamentalists. There was no room for a Catholic resurgence.
Â In Scotland there was a similar situation.
On the other hand,
Â In Ireland there was no NATIVE class with an economic stake in Protestantism per se.
Â The Anglican Church English rulers of Ireland persecuted both Catholics and Biblically-oriented Protestants.
Â The Irish came to associate Protestantism with an alien oppressive culture.
Â So too,
Â the Bible did not take off among the native Irish.
Â They already had their own Oral Traditions, language, and culture.
Â The common people did not feel a need for the Bible as those in England and Scotland had.