King Henry VIII was on the throne. To make sure that he has an heir to the throne, he wants to divorce his current wife, Cathrine of Aragon, because she is unable to have a child, however The Pope will not let this happen, as it is against the religion of Catholicism.
The Dissolution of The Monasteries
King Henry VIII passed a law stating that he was the new leader of the protestant church, so that he could divorce his wife. and marry Anne Boleyn.
After the death of the Abbot of Glastonbury, Richard Beere, in 1525, Richard Whiting was chosen to be his successor. The next 10 years were peaceful. He was a good, caring leader of the abbey. Glastonbury abbey happened to be one of the richest abbeys in England.
Trial & Treason
Because Henry VIII needed lots of money and land for the wars and battles he was losing in France, he shut down all of the monasteries in England so that he could have some money. Richard Whiting however, was told that his monastery was safe from dissolution.
Glastonbury Abbey was now the only on left in Somerset. When Richard Whiting refused to surrender the abbey, three people arrived under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, thinking that they would find lots of hidden treasure. They didn't find any, so they searched harder and found some in secure vaults.
Richard Whiting was executed because of this, and the fact that he agreed with the Catholic church, not the Protestant church. He had also stolen lots of money from the king, which Henry VIII needed to pay for the wars in France. He was hung, drawn, and quartered. First they hung him (this was not meant to kill the victim), then had his guts taken out (the victim would still be alive), and then his body was cut into quarters and put around the city as a warning.