The methods of dissolution (HOW?) Essentially, the dissolution was put into effect in three stages.
1. Crown began by justifying the closure of smaller monasteries by means of religious, moral and financial critique that resulted in the statute Act for the Dissolution of the Smaller Monasteries. A Court of Augmentations was established in 1536 to receive the property and also to regulate the collection of the First Fruits and Tenths.
2. Following the Pilgrimage of Grace, the crown proceeded to close monasteries by attainting abbots implicated in the rebellion and confiscating the monasteries as if it had been their personal property.
3. Finally, it moved against the remaining monasteries by means of persuasion – inducement (offers of pensions and alternative positions) and threat (resistance would ultimately result in attainder). Campaigns were conducted on a strictly local level so that widespread resistance could be avoided. The crown took careful steps to suppress rumours before finally securing an Act for the Dissolution of the Larger Monasteries, which recognized the legality of what had already been done.
The process of events was as follows: