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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The advisers of Charles I., chief among whom were Strafford and Laud; were so called by the Parliamentarians, who blamed them for the evils of the country; the name was afterwards applied to the whole Royalist party.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Malignants'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/malignants.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.