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The RestorationA Political and Religious History of England and Wales, 1658–1667$
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Ronald Hutton

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198203926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203926.001.0001

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The Second Settlement

The Second Settlement

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(p.155) 2 The Second Settlement
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The Restoration
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Ronald Hutton

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203926.003.0009

The Second Restoration Settlement produced a pattern of localised persecution, severe in places, but mild compared with that which had followed Venner's rising, or that which was to come. Magistrates who wanted to extirpate religious nonconformity were continually frustrated by colleagues, constables, and juries who were less worried by it. Those arrested were usually released after a number of weeks, and nobody was transported. While providing a weapon against dissenters who rejected the established Church, the champions of orthodoxy took pains to rid that Church itself of aberrant opinions. The Act of Uniformity which they employed for this purpose has ever since represented the best-known part of the Second Restoration Settlement.

Keywords:   Cavalier Parliament, Restoration Settlement, Act of Uniformity, religious persecution

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