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The Bishops Courts Dissolved: Or, The Law of England Touching. Edward Whitaker.

The Bishops Courts Dissolved: Or, The Law of England Touching...

An Outspoken Critic of the Ecclesiastical Courts [Whitaker, Edward]. The Bishops Courts Dissolved: Or, The Law of England Touching Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Stated. Wherein it Appears that the Spiritual Courts Want Both Power and Might to Execute Their Wills upon His Majesties Good Subjects At This Day. Being a Short and Brief Account of the Several Statutes Made Concerning the Spiritual and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. By E.W. London: Printed for T. Reyner, To be sold by Rich. Janeway, 1681. [iv], 36, 32-35 pp. Folio (11-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Moderate toning, faint dampstain to lower right corner not affecting text, light foxing and soiling in a few places, slight creasing to first leaf (a blank), small hole to text block of final leaf without loss to legibility. $950. * First (likely only) edition. Although little is known about his life, Whitaker was a strong and prolific opponent of the Church of England and Charles II's government. In this strident tract, he criticizes the authority given to the ecclesiastical courts and lists a number of statutes in service of his argument. As in some of his other works, he advocates for greater tolerance by churchmen who act "as if every member of Christs Church were not the Clergy or Gods heritage as well as they" (1). The ESTC lists a 1689 edition, but notes that it may be a ghost based on an error in Wing. OCLC locates 1 copy of this title in a North American law library (University of Georgia). English Short-Title Catalogue R8907.

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