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The ecclesiastical law and religious pluralism: 1760-1837

Doe, Norman ORCID: 2024. The ecclesiastical law and religious pluralism: 1760-1837. Doe, Norman and Coleman, Stephen, eds. The Legal History of the Church of England: From the Reformation to the Present, Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 135-151. (10.5040/

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The period 1760 to 1837 covers the reigns of the Hanoverian kings George III (1760–1820), George IV (d 1830), and William IV (d 1837). It begins 100 years after the Church of England was re-established at the Restoration, with episcopal government and liturgical uniformity, and ends just after repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts and Roman Catholic emancipation 1828–29, and just before the Pluralities Act 1838. The period also sees great population growth, urban and industrial development, and the rise of a market economy and an empire, all of which impact on religion. But there were constants: the threat of death and divine judgment; hostile foreign powers, particularly Roman Catholic, Revolutionary and Napoleonic France; and the memory of the disorder of the civil wars. These too shaped religious, political, intellectual and social life in our period: ‘A concern to be right with God was central to most people’s lives, public and private. Satirists might lampoon gluttonous clergymen, canting priests and over-enthusiastic Dissenters, but never faith itself’; and ‘The Church of England met the religious aspirations of most English people across the social spectrum, and most of them engaged with its spiritual, moral, and pastoral disciplines.’...

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Centre for Law and Religion (CLR)
Publisher: Hart Publishing
ISBN: 9781509973194
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024 15:00

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