(1) Because of their popish associations he also objected to the traditional episcopal vestments.(2) Finally, there was a pair of crotchety knights, Sir William Fawnt and the popish recusant Sir Henry Shirley, who sought to bring down Huntingdon by levying false charges of fraud against him.(3) The Covenanters, for instance, fought to rid Scotland of what they feared were popish influences.(4) Attempts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to adopt the new calendar had broken on the rock of the Church of England, which denounced it as popish .(5) He boldly advanced the truth that believers should live by the Word of God and jettison popish superstitions.(6) This kept alive the paranoia about popish plots that had been so damaging in the 1640s.(7) This outlandish-seeming conspiracy theory, Bellany argues, was plausible to many contemporaries, including the prosecutor Sir Edward Coke, because it tapped into deeply felt pre-existing fears about the likelihood of popish plots.(8) Those accusing him in his trial, however, proved themselves comparatively ignorant of popish doctrine and appeared foolish against Latimer's defence.(9) Surely this can be read as Jonson's way of protesting his innocence in the whole Powder treason and the charges of seducing youth to popish religion.(10) This was sensible enough in a Britain which still subliminally linked civil liberty with Protestantism, and therefore regarded Irishness as a likely pointer to popish subversion of its political values.(11) The last Scottish coronation, that of Charles II in 1651, was a hasty business in the midst of adversity: Charles was required to swear to the covenant, and anointing was dropped as a superstitious and popish practice.(12) He was suspected of recusancy, and in 1569 and 1570 was charged with possessing popish and dangerous writings; he was examined before the ecclesiastical commission, but escaped without punishment.(13) For the time being, however, he read a statement from Sellon which threw some light on the stories of all three girls: the worship and religious customs of the house, she argued, were certainly not popish .(14) Religious bigots have branded her an example of popish excess - a whore and perhaps a murderess.
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