James I and religion: the nature of James' religious policies

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The historians Angela Anderson and Dale Scarboro claim that James' initial religious policy was tough, but that is softened over time

  • 'Within a few years, James had softened his stance considerably. Having asserted his authority, he was wise enough to see that political harmony could best be achieved by avoiding unnecessary provocation'

Evidence of initial toughness

  • 1604: Recusancy Fines were returned to their


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