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Act to Restrain Abuses of Players - Definition from the Hotspot Shield Encyclopedia

The act to restrain abuses of players was introduced in 1606 and was a censorship law that the English parliament established.

The act applied to dramatic performances and was created to prevent the profane use of the religious names of God and Jesu. By profane, the act implied these two names could not be used in jest, or in a disparaging manner than portrayed God or Jesus in a negative light. Plays created after 1606 strictly abided by this act, while any dramatic creations before this period were subsequently revised. Many people argue that this parliamentary act had an impact on the works of William Shakespeare. This form of censorship could also be called religious censorship as it deals exclusively with religious terminology.


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