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From Persecution to TolerationThe Glorious Revolution and Religion in England$
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Ole Peter Grell, Jonathan I. Israel, and Nicholas Tyacke

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201960

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201960.001.0001

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(p.1) 1. Introduction
From Persecution to Toleration

Ole Peter Grell

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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.

Keywords:   religious intolerance, Christian Middle Ages, Reformation, Protestants, Catholics, religious diversity, religious toleration, Toleration Act

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