Bishops’ Ban of 1599 - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia

The Bishop’s Ban was a form of historical censorship where two notable bishops signed an order that banned a variety of literary works. The Bishops were John Whitgift and Richard Bancroft (The archbishop of Canterbury, and the Bishop of London respectively). The ban sought to censor such works as satires, dramatic works no approved by the Privy Council, and epigrams. The whole works of notable literary contributors Thomas Nashe and Gabriel Harvey were also completely banned. There have been various interpretations as to why the Bishops initiated the ban, but the main theory is that they simply objected to the pornographic and malicious content present in the works.

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