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RECUSANTS, or POPISH RECUSANTS, Eng. law. Persons who refuse to make the declarations against popery, and such as promote, encourage, or profess the popish religion.
     2. These are by law liable to restraints, forfeitures and inconveniences, which are imposed upon them by various acts of parliament. Happily in this country no religious sect has the ascendency, and all persons are free to profess what religion they conscientiously believe to be the right one.

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Table 1 is based on the records found in NRQSM 2/2 fos 198v-202v; the names of hosts known to be Catholic recusants or Catholic sympathisers are shown in bold.
The recusant polyglot Elizabeth Jane Watson made Bohemia her home, as did, for a shorter period, her stepfather, Edward Kelley, and his associate, Dr.
Did Shakespeare purchase New Place in Stratford to assist its bankrupted recusant owners, or was it simply an opportunist investment?
One finds anti-Spanish hysteria, disarmed recusants and dissolved monasteries, concealed estates, abuses of the benefit of the clergy, and concerns about effective poor relief.
A preachment that recusant wives risk bearing two-headed babies remains sensational, even when rooted in and explicitly connected to an educated consideration of England's religious dividedness.
Fawkes was a staunch Catholic and a member of the Recusants, the group which formed most of the plotters.
5, a book mainly of religious songs for communal use assembled in the 1650s and known to have been amongst the recusants of Wootton Wawen in Warwickshire.
Bushnell notes: "The six recusants who filed for posterity the reasons for deserting their party did not make a strong case for Andrew Johnson.
While the recusants were viewed as insufficiently English in their homeland despite their attempts to disentangle religious from political questions, they were considered as less than truly Catholic on the Continent by their Catholic brethren there, especially because of Jansenist and Enlightenment influences within the Jacobite church that resisted Ultramontanism and supported ecumenism.
The authorities may have seen the Catholic recusants as the main threat to the Church of England at this time, but they weren't always alone in their dissent.
The policy aimed to discipline recalcitrant clergy who refused to comply, at the same time winning over laymen by not strictly enforcing the penal laws against recusants.