English Catholics after 1688
This chapter focuses on the Catholic community in England from 1688 onwards. It argues that Catholics were generally unmolested, despite some ugly riots after James II's flight. It also emphasizes that the Toleration Act effectively abolished the offence of recusancy, by making church attendance unenforceable. Catholic chapels were burned down in riots from time to time, but were not closed by any public authority. The commitments of William III and his successors to foreign Catholic powers ensured that the chapels loosely attached to Catholic embassies continued throughout the century to do more or less as they liked, providing a perfectly public environment for the worship of Catholics.
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