15th c state of english church quite positive rich and confident. 1530s 12000 monks in england religious houses very rich indeed too much wealth changes your character. Effect on discipline luxurious living, 4 or 5 servants allowed trouble. Monastery and convents dumping ground for surplus children. Most people thought church and monasteries were greta institutions. Practical way provided only education, reflief of sick etc church was however failing to sustain traditions of scholarship rise of martin luther. Growing sense something major was happening revolutions only work when there is an alternative. Vocabulary of religion is used in unadvanced societies closely associated with lutheranism j colet tried for lutheranism. Wealthy people looking for land to purchase. Estates unavailable were owned by the church. Good deal of arable land owned by church. Money collected in church not spent on the community spent on property etc scandal. More and more eyes on actions of church cardinal wolsley huge salary.