This proposal, which may not have been officially implemented, draws a clear line between those who have the right and the qualifications to discuss delicate matters of religion and politics-those who are \"of authority, learning and wisdom\" and who can speak to audiences that are \"of grave and discreet persons\"-and those who are prohibited from doing so.
This proposal was part of a larger attempt to regulate the printing and distribution of books in England, which was seen as a potential source of social unrest and religious dissent. The proposal aimed to prevent the spread of \"seditious, heretical and libellous\" books that could undermine the authority of the church and the state.
However, the proposal also recognized that some authors had the necessary credentials and reputation to write about controversial topics in a respectful and scholarly manner. These authors were expected to have a high level of education, experience and wisdom, and to address audiences that were mature and discerning. They were not to write for the general public, who were considered to be easily misled and influenced by false or dangerous opinions.
The proposal thus reflected a hierarchical and elitist view of knowledge and communication, which was common in the early modern period. It also showed the challenges and tensions that arose from the increasing availability and accessibility of printed books, which threatened to disrupt the established order and authority of both secular and religious institutions. 29c81ba772