trial of the seven bishops

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Declarations of Indulgence

William Sancroft (1617—1693) archbishop of Canterbury and nonjuror

James II (1633—1701) king of England, Scotland, and Ireland


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When James II in 1688 ordered that his Declaration of Indulgence should be read in all churches, Abp. W. Sancroft and six other bishops protested. They were imprisoned and tried on a charge of seditious libel, but the jury acquitted them.

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