Pastors and Congregants

24 Aug

In St. Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, as soon as the newly appointed bishop tried to read out the new Prayer Book, a member of the congregation threw her stool at him, precipitating a riot in which the bishop was lucky to get away with his life.  Up in Brechin, the bishop was taking no such chances: he led the service from the new Prayer Book with a pair of loaded pistols pointed at the congregation.

Michael Reeves, The Unquenchable Flame, 168.

These disputes flowed from King Charles and William Laud’s attempts to reform the Church of Scotland more into the image of the Church of England.  As you can tell it did not go over too well.

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Posted by on August 24, 2010 in Uncategorized



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