The title given, inaccurately, to the statutes passed after the Restoration re‐establishing the Church of England. They embodied the vindictiveness of the cavalier majority in Parliament rather than the judgement of Lord Clarendon, Charles II's chief minister. The Uniformity Act (1662) required clergy to have episcopal ordination and use only the Book of Common Prayer. The Conventicle Act (1664) penalized all religious meetings outside the church. The Five Mile Act (1665) banned dissenting ministers from corporate towns.
Subjects: British History.