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Dissenters from the Anglican Church

  • Manuela BragagnoloEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-02848-4_1132-1


English Dissenters were Protestant Christians who chose to worship outside of the established Church of England in the early modern period. English Dissent mainly followed two streams, one of which was radical and influenced by continental Anabaptism, and the other was Calvinist and Puritan. The freedom of religious practice that was granted during the English Republic was followed by a period of persecution under the Restoration when the term “Dissenter” emerged to stigmatize clergymen and their followers who resisted the Act of Uniformity and left the established Anglican Church.

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Secondary Literature

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Online Resources

  1. Hahn-Bruckart, T. 2017, Dissenters and Nonconformists. Phenomena of Religious Deviance Between the British Isles and the European Continent, in European History Online (EGO), published by the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG), Mainz 2017-04-19. URL: http://www.ieg-ego.eu/hahnbruckartt-2016-en. URN: urn:nbn:de:0159-2017041003

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for European Legal HistoryFrankfurt am MainGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Anna Laura Puliafito
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität BaselBaselSwitzerland