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Lying in Early Modern English CultureFrom the Oath of Supremacy to the Oath of Allegiance$
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Andrew Hadfield

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198789468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198789468.001.0001

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The Oath of Allegiance

The Oath of Allegiance

(p.69) 2 The Oath of Allegiance
Lying in Early Modern English Culture

Andrew Hadfield

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 explores the slow progress from the excommunication of Elizabeth by Pope Pius V in 1570 to the Oath of Allegiance in the wake of the Gunpowder Plot. That oath has been seen as a tolerant act by some, a hostile one by others, designed to flush out Catholics and force a loyalty that silenced dissent. However it is read, the oath marks another transformation in English public culture, one that crystallized religious divisions. The chapter shows how significant the change was through the study of another trial that has not always been seen in terms of the culture of the oath, the Essex divorce trial.

Keywords:   Oath of Allegiance, toleration, marriage, divorce, equivocation, martyrdom

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