Henry VIII and the English Reformation

King Henry VIII ruled England for 36 years, he made big changes to the country that led England into the protestant reformation. Henry VIII was always looking to form new alliances and he married six wives’ in the search for political alliances. His desire to marry his first wife without the approval of a pope, led to the creation of a separate Church of England.

Henry was born as the second son of Henry VII and his brother Arthur was heir to the throne. While Arthur was being prepared for the throne, Henry was steered towards a career in the church, with education in theology, music, language, poetry and sports. Arthur had been promised to Catherine of Aragon since he was two years old, Catherine was the daughter of the Spanish ruler. Catherine and Arthur were married in 1501, but only months later Arthur died from a sudden illness. This made Henry heir to the throne and in 1503 he was promised to his brother’s widow. Henry took the throne at age 17 and married Catherine six weeks later.

In the 1520s Henry met a woman named Anne Boleyn, Henry felled in love, but Henry’s love for Anne were looked upon as foolish. Henry also worried at this time that his marriage to Catherine had been cursed by god, because of the old testaments ban on marrying the widow of one’s brother. Henry decided to seek a pope that could annul his marriage to Catherine and allow him to remarry, but due to pressure from Catherine’s nephew the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Henry didn’t get his annulment.

With the backing of the English parliament and clergy, Henry decided that he didn’t need the pope’s permission to rule on issues affecting the Church of England. In 1533 Henry married Anne Boleyn, and they had a daughter named Elizabeth, Mary Henry’s only surviving child from his marriage with Catherine was declared illegitimate, and Henry named Elizabeth heir to the throne. England’s monasteries were closed and mostly sold off to add to Henry’s wealth.

These events led the Church of England to break away from the authority of the Pope and the Roman Catholic church, these events were associated with wider process of the European Protestant Reformation, that affected the practice of Christianity across western and central Europe.


Impression of the movie The reluctant fundementalist

reluctant fundementalist

I liked the movie a lot, this is because it gave me a good picture of Changez and his story, the storyline might not be the same, but both the movie and the book has sort of the same conclusion or point. I think both the Movie and the book describes the title very well, when I first started reading the book I wondered about what “reluctant fundamentalist” meant. Both from the book and the movie I understood what this meant, that Changez` opinion would not be moved, because of actions and mistakes made by others.


Girl rising review


The film “Girl Rising” is a documentary that follows nine girls from Haiti, Nepal, Egypt, India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. The film tells their stories and their road to education. The story of the girls include child labor, little or no access to education, sexual abuse, poverty, arranged marriage, and so on. The documentary aims to raise awareness around the importance of education for girls in developing countries.

One of the girls featured in the documentary is Amina from Afghanistan. Amina lives under severe oppression and have through her whole life been oppressed by men. Amina made the greatest impression on me, she has been considered, among the rest of the girls in the village, as an “unworthy” through her whole life, just because of her birth as a girl. Amina tells about the extreme conditions and the cruelty that women in her village have to put up with. By telling her story, Amina risks her life, if any man from her village found out; the punishment would be death.

Amina’s story enlightened me and gave me compassion for women living under such cruel circumstances. Amina also shows great courage by telling her story, a courage bigger than any man from her village possesses. Amina’s story made me think more about the importance of helping women that lives under severe oppression. Oppression of women is a world problem that we should prioritize solving.

A catchphrase from the film is “One girl with courage is a revolution” the phrase can imply that because of men’s oppression of women, you will rarely find a girl with courage to speak up for women. The phrase also indicates that new thinking, among oppressed women, is a revolution.

The documentary tells stories that would only be non-effective on men that suppress women and the most cold hearted. When watching the film I found the stories interesting but mostly effective. The stories made a great impression on me and enlightened me on the importance of the problem of suppressed women. The documentary connects with the hearts of the spectators by telling the nine girl’s stories that compel to compassion and awareness.


The nine girls do not consider themselves as victims; I think it is hard for a person from one of the world’s wealthiest countries Norway, to emphasize to these girls lives, because we live in a great country under terrific circumstances. It is almost impossible for me personally, to imagine how it is to live these girls lives, I’ have never been near the experiences that these girls have had. I would also say that it is almost impossible to imagine the amount of courage; that some of these girls have built up, to be brave enough to tell their stories.

The film tells heartbreaking and inspiring stories, I think people who are not familiar with the issue of women suppressing and the importance of education for women in developing countries, will be enlightened. The film illuminates the plight of girls in the developing world and shows aspects from their lives. I think the ignorant will resonate on the importance of this world problem, and have a deeper understanding and insight after watching the film. Like myself, I think most people will think, this is an issue the world must highly prioritize.




#Metoo is a worldwide campaign on social media, the campaign is about people sharing their stories on sexual harrasment, hashtagging their stories on social media with #metoo. The purpose of the camapign is to denounce sexual assault and harrasment and create awareness around the issue.

The rise of the campaign started in the wakening of the sexual misconduct allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein is accused of sexual harrasing and assaulting several female acresses that he has worked with.

The #metoo campaign rised in october when the famous actress Alyssa Milano started the tweet trend by telling her story on how Weinstein harrased and assaulted her. This made several other acresses come forward with their stories on how they also had been sexually harrased by the famous hollywood producer.




Robinson Meyer on hurricane Harvey

I found the article by “Robinson Meyer” quite interesting, i was a bit enlightened, it made me think a little bit different about climate change. I thought that “Harvey” was just a regular massive hurricane, I had not thought of the fact that the climate change, that is going on would affect the size and strength of the hurricane. I know that the climate change will affect the weather, but i thought that was several years in the future. But this is a good example that the climate change is affecting our weather, and it is happening now.

After reading the article i found climate change a little bit more interesting, i have not been very interested in climate change earlier. But I found the article interesting and i think i will look for more similar articles, and read more about the climate change that is happening.

I think that Robinson Meyer have alot off good points in his article, but i won’t say that you could come to the conclusion that the hurrican Harvey is a result of global warming. Global warming may have affected the size and strength of the hurricane, but i believe it would require more research, before you could come to a conclusion.

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