(16 Car. II c. 4) As part of the state’s efforts to re-establish the Church of England as the dominant religion of the state, this act stipulated legal penalties ranging from fines to imprisonment to transportation for any meeting of more than five persons other than those organised by the Church of England. It was replaced by the Toleration Act of 1689.
Editors. "Conventicles Act". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 February 2005
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