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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Moreover, this portrait appeared in conjunction with the "Clarendon Code" by which the Cavalier Parliament exacted its revenge against those who had assaulted monarchy and episcopacy by mandating, yet again, a state-sponsored orthodoxy.
It is a good span of time to choose, including as it does some of the most dramatic events in the national story: the Restoration itself and the constitutional settlement that followed; the persecution of religious dissenters under the Clarendon Code; the foundation of the Royal Society to advance English science; the Great Plague and Great Fire of London; and the greatest ever humiliation of the Royal Navy in the Second Anglo-Dutch War.
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.