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The constitutional history of England

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Pages: 548

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Henry Hallam

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. ON THE LAWS OF ELIZABETH'S REIGN HESPECTING THE ROMAN CATHOLICS. Change of Religion on the Queen's Accession — Aets of Supremacy and Uniformity— Restraint of Roman Catholic Worship in the first Years of Elizabeth — Statute of 1502 — Speech of Lord Montague against it — This Aet not fully enforced — Application of the Emperor in behalf of the English Catholics — Persecution of this Body in the ensuing Period — Uncertain Succession of the Crown between the Families of Scotland and Suffolk—The Queen's Unwillingness to decide this, or to marry — Imprisonment of Lady Catherine Grei/ — Mary Queen of Scotland — Combination in her Favoui Hull iif Pius V.— Statutes for the Queen's Security— Catholics more rigorously treated—Refugees in the Netherlands —Their Hostility to the Government — Fresh Lnws the Catholic Worship — Execution of Campion and others — Defence of the Queen by Bur/eigh — Increased Severity of the Government — Mary — Plot in her Favour — Her Execution — Remarks upon it — Continued Persecution of Roman Catholics — General Observations. The accession of Elizabeth, gratifying to the whole nation on account of the late queen's extreme unpopularity, infused peculiar joy into the hearts of all well-wishers to the Reformation. Child of that famous marriage which had severed the connection of England with the Roman see, and trained betimes in the learned and reasoning discipline of protestaut theology, suspected and oppressed for that very reason by a sister's jealousy, and scarcely preserved from the death which at one time threatened her, there was every ground to be confident, that, notwithstanding her forced compliance with the catholic rites during the late reign, her inclinations had changsofro continued steadfast to the opposite side. No...  

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