Religious intolerance was the norm throughout the Christian Middle Ages. The era of the Reformation is especially notorious for persecution of Protestants by Catholics and vice versa. This book discusses the attitude of English governments to the problem of religious diversity and describes the events that led to the establishment of religious toleration. From 1603 onwards, toleration for English Catholics became an issue in international diplomacy, Spain and France each intervening on their behalf. Religious toleration was secured by statute, by the so-called Toleration Act of May 1689.
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