Harnessing Conscience for the King: Charles I, the Forced Loan Sermons, and Matters of Conscience

  title={Harnessing Conscience for the King: Charles I, the Forced Loan Sermons, and Matters of Conscience},
  author={Laura Perille},
  pages={161 - 177}
Abstract When military fiascos and financial crises drove Charles I to implement the Forced Loan at the beginning of his reign, he encouraged clerics to preach obedience to his authority through the rhetoric of conscience. Robert Sibthorpe, Isaac Bargrave, Matthew Wren, and Roger Maynwaring responded to the King’s call, delivering sermons between February and July 1627 that tied disobedience to misguided conscience. Their efforts represented a larger effort to harness individual conscience and… Expand


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