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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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As recent scholars of English Catholicism have shown, all three plays "have obvious or arguable appeals to a Catholic audience" (Jensen, "Recusancy" 116).
Stephen Greenblatt anticipated Bearman in rejecting the interpretation of John's business dealings as evidence of recusancy, but he maintained the argument for the Spiritual Testament in spite of Bearman's evidence against it, which first appeared when Will in the World was nearly finished.
recusant who had been repeatedly fined for his recusancy. (47) Carvell
It is possible to suspect that she was Anthony's mother and that the process was in respect of recusancy.
"Byrd's Musical Recusancy: A Discussion of the Cantiones Sacrae of 1589" by David Trendall of King's College, University of London, 11 a.m.
(1) This suggests a special community, defined by its recusancy, with its own covert systems of distribution and particular needs for support.
77 In view of Byrd's Catholicism, it is interesting to note that Sir George Heneage, of Towes (a hamlet of Ludford Magna, in Lincolnshire), was convicted of recusancy on 25 July 1616, and that his lands were seized on 20 October 1626 (Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series, of the Reign of Charles I, 1645-1647, London, 1891, p.
Second, Byrd's recusancy is well known, but his Catholic connections went far beyond mere absence from church: as Harley notes, `Byrd was keeping dangerous company in the mid-1580s' (p.79).
[Richard Burthogge], Prudential reasons for repealing the penal laws against all recusancy, and for a general toleration (London, 1687), p.
Nevertheless, one could wish that, when his sainthood is mentioned in works of reference, it is recognized for what it is: a pleasing piece of Recusant piety in response to Bede's account, and probably no earlier than Recusancy. On what authority 11 February is given as his feast I do not know.
Salinger and Thomas Pynchon, Bill Gray lives in solitude somewhere in upstate New York; his long recusancy from the scene has, naturally, made him a celebrity and the longer he lays low the more famous he becomes.