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Factual errors[edit]

This article contains factual errors. The first acts against recusants were far earlier in Elizabeths reign. I suspect their to be other mistakes but I only know enough to be suspicious of it. Recusancy usually refers specifically to non attendance of Roman Catholics to the Church of England. Penalties were usually in the form of fines. If you wish to know something about this topic I suggest you go elsewhere. Most historical articles in Wikipedia either contain glaring errors or do not keep up with recent scolarship. This is largely culled from one article written 100 years ago, as are many other articles. Unsigned edit by User on 22 March 2006

The upshot is, the article clearly cites it's single source as being a book which is in the public domain, which was published about 100 years ago. That at least, is more than a lot of religious works do. Not many of them even bother to cite that they are referencing a work which is a transcription of oral histories first written down over 2000 years ago, which has been shown to contain glaring historical errors by people who would be best served by showing that in fact the Bible is 100% accurate portrayal of fact. --Garrie 22:58, 1 August 2006 (UTC)

While the article notes the extent, indeed subsequently, that the term 'recusant' became applied to Catholics, it might help if it elucidated why this definition was narrowed. My memory's a little vague on the subject, but as I recall the dissenters were willing to attend Anglican services with the minimum necessary number of times - resulting in later laws against occasional attendance. While some Catholics also held minimal attendance, it was less frequent due to their theology that forcefully condemned attending Anglican services. Atheists had even less problems with nominal attendance, and the Jews were expulsed in Elizabeth's reign. Or something like that, I'm working from memory and not especially knowledagable about English history, but I do feel that this development should be discussed more in the article. Arrogant Papist 21:18, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

I know this is late but I must add that the above is inaccurate and wholly unsourced. In re the Jews: they were not "expulsed" during Elizabeth I's reign. They had been expelled from England in the 13th century when England was still a Catholic country. They were allowed to return by Cromwell. (talk) 18:21, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Recusancy in Colonial Nova Scotia[edit]

Hello all, I am wondering if anyone would be interested in adding some information to this article about the recusancy in Nova Scotia between 1713 and 1755. Particularly about the Acadian Deportation. For a paper I am doing in Atlantic History, I have come across some interesting information. In his book A great and Noble scheme: ( Farragher, John Mack. A great and noble scheme: The tragic story of the expulsion of the French Acadians from their American homeland. New York: WW Norton and Co., Inc., 2005.) Farragher claims that one of the justifications that Charles Lawrence made for deporting the Acadians was when he equated refusing to take an unconditional oath of allegiance with recusancy. Message me at or on my talk page if anyone is interested. Rollo Bay 1758 (talk) 21:41, 19 November 2009 (UTC)

John Donne[edit]

I would greatly appreciate it if the editor who continually removes John Donne from this category would ceasing doing so without a valid explanation. Donne was born into a recusant family, as was Alexander Pope (I'll get around to that soon). I have added a valid reflink. If the material continues to be removed without a good reason I will have to assume this is simply censorship by someone who doesn't like the facts. (talk) 18:24, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

But given that Donne eventually went on to become an Anglican priest, does it really make sense to list him in this category? He was only a recusant for a portion of his life. (talk) 08:16, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Shakespeare portrait is correct- the reference is not[edit]

The picture displayed for William Shakespere(correct spelling for the recusant)is actually that of Edward deVere, 17th Earl of Oxford. The pen name used by the the Earl of Oxenford, from extensive research by the author of "Shakespears by Another Name" - copyright 2005, Mark Anderson, is William Shakespeare/Shake-Speare. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:55, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

Problems with wording of article[edit]

I'm concerned about statements such as the following: "The term, which derives ultimately from the Latin recusare (to refuse or make an objection),[2] was first used to refer to those who remained within the Roman Catholic Church and did not attend services of the Church of England"

"His parents were raised in a time when Catholicism was the faith of England."

This suggests that a new version of Christianity was invented in England which was competing with the older Roman Catholicism, which is not entirely correct. It's more accurate to say that the entire apparatus of the organized practice of Christianity was separated from the control of the Vatican, including buildings and priests. Count Truthstein (talk) 09:25, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

Not sure what the distinction is there. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:18, 21 April 2013 (UTC)

I'm a bit puzzled by this sentence: "The recusancy in Scandinavia did not survive until freedom of religion was re-established." Did recusancy actually exist, even though it was dead? It was there, and yet it wasn't. Maybe I'm wrong. English is not my first language. /Bcarlssonswe (talk) 09:59, 18 January 2015 (UTC)


Isn't Ferrer a Spanish, albeit not Castilian, surname? Quis separabit? 21:38, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Beaufort/de Beaufort family[edit]

They must fit in somewhere. Quis separabit? 22:34, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

translations of the Bible[edit]

I don't see the pertinence of this whole paragraph.PhilomenaO'M (talk) 22:33, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Modern immigrants/converts[edit]

This is not an article about Catholics in England, it's about the notion of recusancy which is historical. I think that information on modern converts or modern immigration of Catholics is irrelevant.PhilomenaO'M (talk) 22:33, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

@PhilomenaO'M: Actually it is somewhat about Roman Catholics in Great Britain (not UK) since the Reformation, so I see no problem including background or complementary info unless you are averring that something is false or incorrect. Yours, Quis separabit? 22:40, 22 October 2014 (UTC)


  • Oppose: @Nyttend believes the volume threatens to overwhelm the article and are unsourced. I believe the first objection is an aesthetic and hence subjective issue, and the second is not entirely accurate. Many of the family surnames have their own articles which talk about the history of recusancy. The rest can be sourced, I am sure, if it is needed. Quis separabit? 17:12, 16 August 2016 (UTC)