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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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The Jews of England and 1688

The Jews of England and 1688

(p.217) 9. The Jews of England and 1688
From Persecution to Toleration

David S. Katz

Oxford University Press

This chapter suggests that the earlier generous treatment of the Jews by James II was designed, at least in part, to affirm his power to dispense with penal statutes. King James II gave the Jews of England what amounted to a Declaration of Indulgence, at the very time when the entire issue of his suspending and dispensing powers was becoming controversial, and a year and a half before he granted the same rights to all other nonconformists. The chapter also draws attention to the fiscal pressures on the Jews in the years 1689–90. Between April 1689 and December 1690, the Jews already residing in London at the time of the Glorious Revolution were subject to a number of attacks which were designed to extract as much money as possible from them. All put pressure on the Jews to demonstrate financially their loyalty to the new government.

Keywords:   Jews, James II, Declaration of Indulgence, nonconformists, Glorious Revolution

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