Scandalous and Malignant? Settling Scores Against the Leicestershire Clergy After the First Civil War

Fiona McCall
2015 Midland History  
During the English Civil Wars religious reformers forced thousands of clergy from their livings. Despite recent scholarship stressing the central role of religion in the conflict, analysis of clerical trials and ejections has not yet been fully integrated into the historiography of Civil War. The most complete set of surviving records for exploring this process are those of the parliamentary committee for Leicester. This study analyses these records to determine the motivations for ejections in
more » ... Leicestershire. By taking a holistic picture of the evidence surrounding some cases, it calls into question previous assumptions, often made on the basis of articles of accusations alone, about the morality or religious persuasion of those ejected. Instead, it demonstrates that political considerations drove sequestrations, that the conditions of war exacerbated pre-existing social, economic and religious tensions within the county, as the desire for retribution for war-time losses found in the loyalist clergy a convenient target.
doi:10.1179/0047729x15z.00000000057 fatcat:efkfxevrofhdjdc7gj5zzfhg7a