Clarendon Code


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Clarendon Code

n
(Historical Terms) English history four acts passed by the Cavalier Parliament between 1661 and 1665 to deal with the religious problems of the Restoration
[C17: named after the first Earl of Clarendon, who was not, however, a supporter of the code]
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As a result, he ratified the Clarendon Code excluding the newlyformed nonconformist sects, like Quakers, from public office and outlawed meetings of more than five people.
Topics included are paraphernalia and purpose in Paradise Lost, 1668, 1669; the 1667 Paradise Lost in historical and literary contexts; the royal fashion of Satan and Charles II; Paradise Lost and pleasure gardens in Restoration London; Milton's dissenting angels and the Clarendon Code, 1661-1665; and Plato's Republic in Paradise Lost, 1667.
Sometimes the author's commitment to the Protectorate and his Erastian view of the Church of England leads him into colourful language that undermines the authority of his work: to say the Clarendon Code 'created a system of religious apartheid' is to allow language to outrun scholarly objectivity.