Sacheverell, Henry

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sacheverell, henry

English preacher, an assertively narrow-minded supporter of the Anglican state whose impeachment by the Whigs enabled the Tories to win control of the government in 1710. Although he was an obsessive man given to excessive vindictiveness in his writings, his cause was championed by a populace weary of the Whig-directed war against France (War of the Spanish Succession, 1701-14).

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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