[quote=Ignatius]Since all validly ordained bishops were either murdered or become apostates, renouncing their vows to be faithful the Christ and His Church as a condition for remaining alive, there was no one left to validly ordain any more new priests or bishops. Therefore the valid Apostolic Succession was terminated when Henry had the last faithful Bishop killed.
It’s unfortunatley not quite that simple. First off, ordination is indelible, even if you apostize. If you were a bishop, you can still validly (but illicitly) ordain others so long as you have the necessary intent and follow the appropriate forms.
Where the Church of England is concerned, Apostolic Succession ended under Elizabeth and not Henry. The episcopate under Mary had been fully valid, licit and orthodox, but took the principled stance of resigning virtually en masse when Elizabeth reimposed royal supremacy. A new Anglican episcopate led by AB Parker was then ordained according to the deficient Edwardian Ordinal that was to remain in force until 1662 at which point it was substantially (and possibly sufficiently) improved. But as the Church of England had not validly ordained its clergy in the intervening century, by 1662 it had lost Apostolic Succession.
If the 1662 Ordinal was sufficiently improved (I don’t believe the Church has ever pronounced a definitive judgement on the issue), and if all current Anglican clergy can trace their ordination through schismatic bishops from other denominations that have themselves preserved Apostolic Succession, then Anglican Orders might now be valid. But those are big ifs.