Read online or download a free book: Church And State In England
Publisher: RareBooksClub.com (12 May 2012)
By: William Henry Abraham (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 Excerpt: ...defendants were treated harshly, and brow-beaten, and instead of assuming that the accused was innocent until he was proved guilty, as is the case in courts of law, the proceedings of this court showed that he was assumed to be guilty, and was brought there to show his guilt. But these were too often the faults of other courts at that time, and recent inquiries have tended to show that the Court of High Commission has been much misrepresented by partisan historians. Mr. Wakeman, speaking of this court, says: 'Religious Puritans hated it, because to them it smacked of Popery and the Inquisition. The careless, the profane, and the pleasure-loving detested it, because it checked the licence which they were accustomed to give themselves, and put restraint on their vice and selfishness. Ordinary men disliked it, because it interfered with their usual habits, and rebuked their indifference.' And the hatred was intensified by the apparent connection between the coercion of this court and the tyranny of the King. As Mr. Wakeman says further: 'Every act of royal misgovernment weakened the moral appeal of the Church. Every act of ecclesiastical discipline was interpreted by Englishmen in the light of the royal tyranny.'1 The result was that Parliament took over by violent means the control of the Church, and finally abolished Church, Episcopacy, and Prayer Book. It began by abolishing the canons which Laud had drawn up in 1640. Next year the Court of High Commission was abolished, and with it went the Royal Supremacy. In 1642 the bishops were excluded from the House of Lords, and in 1643 the 1 Wakeman, History of the Church of England, pp. 370-371. Parliament adopted the Solemn League and Covenant of the Scots, and established the Assembly of Divines at Westminster. ...
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