This chapter examines the religious commitment of barristers and common lawyers in early modern England. Many historians have noted links between common lawyers and radical Protestants, including their shared hostility towards ecclesiastical courts, the influence of puritan preachers at the Inns of Court, and the prominence of barristers in groups of godly activists. This chapter evaluates whether it is possible to generalize about the involvement of lawyers in religious conflicts, and analyses the lives and careers of Catholic Edmund Plowden, the puritan Nicholas Fuller, and the Erastian John Selden.
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