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"L'Evesque En Soit Adverty:" Excommunication In The Exile Congregations

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When the exile churches were established in London in 1550 by letters patent granted by Edward VI, the church order drawn up by the Polish Reformer Johannes à Lasco instituted a system of ecclesiastical discipline in order to maintain the sanctity of the Lord's Supper, in which the ultimate sanction was excommunication. During the 1560s, this power came to rest with the local diocesan bishops who acted as the Superintendents of these churches. This chapter considers how the system of excommunication evolved and came to be exercised by the episcopate, as well as the extent to which the sentence was used in the disciplinary procedures of the exile churches during the later sixteenth century.

Keywords: excommunication; exile churches; Johannes à Lasco; London; Lord's Supper

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