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The Nineteenth-Century Church and English Society

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  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511884504

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  • This is the first study to consider the meaning of Anglicanism for ordinary people in nineteenth-century England. Drawing extensively on unpublished sources, particularly those for rural areas, Frances Knight analyses the beliefs and practices of lay Anglicans and of the clergy who ministered to them. Building on arguments that the Church of England was in transition from state church to denomination, she argues that strong continuities with the past nevertheless remained. Through an examination of denominational identity, personal piety, Sunday church-going, and Anglican rites of passage she shows that the Church continued to cater for the beliefs and values of many Christians. Far from becoming a minority sect, the Anglican Church in the mid-Victorian period continued to claim the allegiance of one in four English people.

    • First study to consider the meaning of Anglicanism for ordinary people in nineteenth-century England
    • A fresh and stimulating history of nineteenth-century Christian life
    • Makes extensive use of unpublished sources
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    'This is an excellent and absorbing book …'. Theology

    '… uncovers a number of important, but often forgotten, points … a persuasive, well-argued, and clearly written study. It will be of great interest to all students of nineteenth-century Anglicanism.' Anglican Theological Review

    'The author argues her premise well and offers fresh insight into Victorian church studies.' Choice

    '… a rich and exciting book …'. Church Times

    ' … a fascinating reconstruction of the Church looking out at English society …'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511884504
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    1. Interpreting the nineteenth-century Church
    2. Lay religion
    3. Church and community
    4. Clerical life
    5. Relations remoulded
    6. Conclusion
    Select bibliography

  • Author

    Frances Knight, University of Wales, Lampeter

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