I am doing a bit of historical reading of the Tudor Period at the moment, and something I found interesting was the realisation that the commissioning of the Great Bible and the impetus for its distribution was most likely at the encouragement and behest of Anne Boleyn. Somehow I had always allowed Henry VIII all the credit, however it seems on deeper reading that there was good cause. Whilst Anne Boleyn is often thought of as a Lutheran, that is almost certainly not the case, though she was interested and impressed by much of the work of the reformers. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and others believed that the Bible clearly made a case for the authority of the King - the anointed sovereign - rather than the Pope who was in part seen as a political vassal of the European Temporal Lords, and to that extent a foreign power. This of course had a great deal to do with the King's Great Matter. In his heart Henry VIII, seems to have been essentially a Catholic King, who had a problematic Pope. The Tudor obsession with succession gave him some of a blinkered vision. England could not afford another War of the Roses, and Henry saw that as his duty. He did come to the view that the Pope should be constrained by Scripture. I think it is clear that Anne Boleyn was in part responsible for helping him come to that conclusion, both by virtue of her own opinions, and by virtue of the things and people she encouraged him to read and come in contact with. Cranmer, undoubtedly being one of them.