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.
Even they who could not read became exposed to Biblical knowledge.
A class of commoners grew up who were Biblically literate. Henceforth the moderate semi-Catholic Anglican Church would fight for its existence against the equivalent of lower class and upcoming middle class quasi-fundamentalists. There was no room for a Catholic resurgence.
In Scotland there was a similar situation.
On the other hand,
In Ireland there was no NATIVE class with an economic stake in Protestantism per se.
The Anglican Church: English rulers of Ireland persecuted both Catholics and Biblically-oriented Protestants.
The Irish came to associate Protestantism with an alien oppressive culture.
the Bible did not take off among the native Irish.
They already had their own Oral Traditions, language, and culture.
The common people did not feel a need for the Bible as those in England and Scotland had.