English dissenters prior to and during the civil war/revolution in England as well as during the Interregnum.
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English Dissenters were Christians who separated from the Church of England in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
They originally agitated for a wide-reaching Protestant Reformation of the Established Church, and triumphed briefly under Oliver Cromwell.
King James I of England, VI of Scotland had said "no bishop, no king"; Cromwell capitalised on that phrase, abolishing both upon founding the Commonwealth of England. After the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, the episcopacy was reinstalled and the rights of the Dissenters were limited: the Act of Uniformity 1662 required Anglican ordination for all clergy, and many instead withdrew from the state church. These ministers and their followers came to be known as Nonconformists.
Dissenters opposed state interference in religious matters, and founded their own churches, educational establishments, and communities; some emigrated to the New World.
- Ex Libris: English Dissenters
- The Family of Love in English Society, 1550-1630 Christopher W. Marsh. Cambridge University Press, 1994.
- Spufford, M. (Ed.),The World of Rural Dissenters, 1520-1725. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
- The Friends (Quakers) Of Montgomeryshire, Wales In The Heroic Age By GERAINT H. JENKINS.