How did religion in England and France affect their monarchs' attempts to establish absolutism?

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English religious tradition was more fragmented and contentious than that of France.  This meant that the situation in England was less conducive to the rise of absolutism than the situation in France.

In France, the Catholic Church dominated the religious scene.  It saw absolutism as something that would benefit it.  This was because Louis XIV felt that having religious unity would help to solidify the country behind him.

By contrast, English religion was split.  England was primarily Protestant, but the Stuart kings were Catholic.  This led the English Parliament to have an extra strong incentive to oppose attempts to create an absolute monarchy.

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