Pope Pius V issues the bull Regnans in Excelsis, excommunicating Queen Elizabeth I of England and absolving her subjects from allegiance to her. The bull is subsequently published in London in May by a Catholic, John Felton, provoking harsh anti-Catholic legislation in response.
Editors. "Pope Pius V excommunicates Elizabeth I". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2010
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