On this day in 1570, Queen Elizabeth I is excommunicated by Pope Pius V! This is known as the “Regnans in Excelsis” or rather “Reigning on High”.
This was a papal bull issued on 25 February 1570 by Pop Pias that declared Elizabeth I “the pretended Queen and the servant of crime” to be a Heretic. It also released all her subjects from any obligation to her even though they had sworn their oaths to her, their queen, and effectively excommunicated any that further chose to obey her orders.
The bull read:
“We charge and command all and singular the nobles, subjects, peoples and others afore said that they do not dare obey her orders, mandates and laws. Those who shall act to the contrary we include in the like sentence of excommunication.”
The bull, which originally is written in Latin is actually named from it’s incipit. The first three words of its text mean “ruling from on high” as in referring to God. And among the queen’s offences the bull states that, “She (Queen Elizabeth I) has removed the royal Council, composed of the nobility of England, and has filled it with obscure men, being heretics.”
Queen Elizabeth I . Pope Pias V.
With love, Charlotte x