The Last of the Prince Bishops
William Van Mildert and the High Church Movement of the Early Nineteenth Century
By (author) E. A. Varley
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Last of the Prince Bishops by E. A. Varley
Book DescriptionThis study examines the significance of the influential High Church 'Hackney Phalanx' at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and opens up a little-explored area of Anglican history. Drawing extensively upon original correspondence, Elizabeth Varley reconstructs the work of the Hackney Phalanx and their defence of traditional Anglican ascendancy against the forces of political and religious reform during the final crisis of the English confessional state. The study focuses upon William Van Mildert, Bishop of Durham from 1826-36, and shows that, while Van Mildert's influence as 'Prince Bishop' bore little resemblance to his medieval forebears, he made effective use of it to cause considerable irritation to the Whig establishment of the day, local and national. Varley brings skilfully to life many of the tensions of that time - political and ecclesiastical - which culminated in the Catholic Emancipation Act of 1829 and the passing of the Parliamentary Reform Bill in 1832.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521892315
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 11-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Examines the influential High Church 'Hackney Phalanx' and opens up a little-explored area of Anglican history.
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