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Obstinate refusal or opposition.
The state of being a recusant; nonconformity.
In July 1603 the fines for recusancy were remitted.
Additional Justices of the Peace were appointed in all areas of England who produced Recusancy lists which supplied the government details of catholic recusants.
The acts imposing fines for recusancy, repealed in 1650, were later executed with great severity.
In 1555 Rawlins White, a fisherman, was burnt at Cardiff for his Protestantism, and in 1679 two Catholic priests were executed for recusancy.
He was educated at Oxford, where, at the age of twenty, he was imprisoned for recusancy.
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