English Parliament dissolved (91 words)

Historical Context Note

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The English Parliament of 1586 to 1587 was notable for its Puritan agitation. Led by Anthony Cope, a group of Puritan MPs attempted to introduce a Presbyterian system (along the lines of the Church of Scotland) into the Church of England, as well as rewriting the Prayer Book. Both Anthony Cope and the trouble-making MP Peter Wentworth, who had supported Cope as part of his long-running campaign for free speech in Parliament, were arrested and sent to the Tower of London on the grounds that they had interfered with the Queen's ecclesiastical privilege.

Editors. "English Parliament dissolved". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
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