High Commission Court


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High Commission Court

 

an extraordinary court for dealing with ecclesiastical questions, established in England in 1559.

The initial function of the High Commission Court was primarily to struggle against the Catholics. But from the mid-1560’s it persecuted mainly the Puritans, who were opponents of the state Anglican Church. This court, one of the instruments of English absolutism, was eliminated in 1641 in the course of the Bourgeois Revolution and finally abolished in 1689.