Today in Religion – Corporation Act of 1661

Corporation Act of 1661

Corporation Act enforced in England in 1661.

By 1661, King Charles II gained his throne after years of civil war. This war had beheaded King Charles I while Cromwell and Parliament took over. After the death of Cromwell, Parliament restored Charles II to the throne. After this restoration to the throne, he created the Corporation Act of 1661.

The Corporation Act said that any person not prepared to take the sacrament of the Church of England could not hold a position of power. The Act also appointed commissioners that could remove anyone in authority thought disloyal to the crown. This legislation helped to strengthen King Charles II’s authority.

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