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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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It will be of interest to scholars with particular interests like Donne or English recusants, who might choose the pages related to these topics.
When giving their depositions in the 1611 Star Chamber case William Harrison, Robert Lawnde and Thomas Pant all claimed not to be related to the Simpsons; Harrison was identified as a labourer and Lawnde as a husbandman; and all three appear not to have been recusants (STAC 8/19/10 mb.
For Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Bohemia was a place of religious tolerance that contrasted with the persecution of Catholic recusants in the later years of Elizabeth's reign.
The areas covered include lay-clerical collaboration in Dutch Catholic communities, the role of the clergy and laity in areas denominated 'missions', mixed marriages in Holland, relations between Recusants and their neighbours in England, burial of the dead in the Dutch Republic, the effect of the Reformation on Catholic ritual life in England, the use of the Southern Netherlands as refuges for English Catholics, a look at Recusants in Ireland, Catholic women in England, the care of orphans in Holland and the relationship between Catholic minorities and art.
James's contributions to the Bodleian collection are thus an interesting complement to those of Bodley himself, who had collected a wide range of texts treasured by Catholic recusants and donated by them to his Oxford library.
This tax was imposed specifically on Catholic recusants as a punitive contribution to Elizabeth's campaigns against foreign Catholic threats; John Shakespeare's fellow defaulters were all Catholic.
He published a condemnation of the recusant priest Edmund Campion, when Campion was captured and executed in 1581; Munday dedicated a book to Richard Topcliffe, chief torturer for Elizabeth and James and eager persecutor of recusants; Munday published two sermons by John Calvin; and at least once in his long career Munday took service with the crown as a "pursuivant" or warrant officer, charged to find, inform on, and assist in the apprehension of traitors, especially recusants.
She 'shows how the site survived state-sponsored attacks on relics and icons, in part because of its recent refurbishment as a Tudor shrine, and how it became a rallying point for recusants.
Milward in his essay, "Meta-drama in Hamlet and Macbeth," responds to what he sees as post-play considerations in Shakespeare, that is implications not readily provable, that Shakespeare's plays reflect the anguish of English recusants, torn between the accommodation and resistance (which Milward sees as the fundamental dilemma of Hamlet's "To be or not to be").
In the most important discussion of this repertory since Joseph Kerman's from twenty-five years ago, Brett not only rearticulated Byrd's ambitious liturgical plan for Gradualia, sorting out the composer's notoriously complicated, cryptic, at times inconsistent system for transferring musical sections from feast to feast, but also suggested a political plan for the collection: Byrd had begun with feasts most important for beleaguered recusants and Jesuits, then moved on to major Christian feasts.