Ecclesiastical Commission

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The Court of High Commission, to impose uniformity in the church, was abolished in 1641 by the Long Parliament. Nevertheless, in 1686 James II named seven ecclesiastical commissioners, who summoned Henry Compton, bishop of London, to explain why he had not suspended Dr Sharp for preaching an anti‐catholic sermon. Compton challenged the commission's authority but was himself suspended, and in 1688 was one of the ‘seven’ who appealed to William of Orange for help. James's commission was declared ‘illegal and pernicious’ by the Bill of Rights in 1689.

Subjects: British History.

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