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The revolution of 1688, though peaceful, brought about important constitutional reform in England (III, 1.b): no longer did the Crown rule by divine hereditary right, but by the will of Parliament. The Nonjurors, or those members of the Church of England who refused to subscribe to the oaths of allegiance on the grounds that they violated their previous oaths to James II and his successors, opposed this. They included the archbishop of Canterbury (W. Sancroft); the bishops of Chester (T. Cartwright), Gloucester (R. Frampton), Bath and Wells (T. Ken), Chichest…

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Carter, Grayson, “Nonjurors”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 March 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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