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The Oxford English Literary HistoryVolume V: 1645–1714: The Later Seventeenth Century: Companion Volume$
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Margaret J. M. Ezell

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Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780191849572.001.0001

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The Voices of Religion

The Voices of Religion

V. The Voices of Religion
The Oxford English Literary History

Margaret J. M. Ezell

Oxford University Press

Although Charles II had promised religious tolerance in the Declaration of Breda, during the opening decade of the Restoration multiple laws known as the Clarendon Code were passed, restricting religious worship among most puritans and Catholics. Many resisted including Fifth Monarchists, Quakers, and Baptists such as John Bunyan, who were imprisoned for illegal preaching and assembly. Those who did not accept the new laws were called nonconformists and their ministers were forbidden to preach. Anglican ministers such as Isaac Barrow, John Tillotson, and Edward Stillingfleet established a new style of rational preaching, frequently entering into debates with Catholic writers.

Keywords:   Religious toleration, Clarendon Code, Fifth Monarchists, Quakers, Baptists, John Bunyan, nonconformist, Isaac Barrow, John Tillotson, Edward Stillingfleet, Catholics

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