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Faithful Witness

The Confidential Diaries of Alan Don, Chaplain to the King, the Archbishop and the Speaker, 1931-1946, with a foreword by Archbishop Justin Welby

Faithful Witness

The Confidential Diaries of Alan Don, Chaplain to the King, the Archbishop and the Speaker, 1931-1946, with a foreword by Archbishop Justin Welby

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Publisher: SPCK Publishing
ISBN: 9780281083985
Number of Pages: 528
Published: 30/09/2020
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
In May 1931, Alan Don travelled from Dundee to Lambeth Palace to become Chaplain to Cosmo Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury. During that journey he began a diary. He kept it faithfully for the next fifteen years, during which he also became Chaplain to the King and to the Speaker of the House of Commons. These positions afforded him a ringside view of some of the most momentous events in both British and world history - including the abdication of Edward VIII, the coronation of George VI, the rise of Hitler and the trauma of the Second World War. Now, for the first time, these fascinating Christian diaries are laid open in full by Robert Beaken. They offer a wealth of detailed insight into the ecclesiastical, royal, and parliamentary affairs of Britain and her elite during two historically significant decades. They also open a window on the history of the Church of England and its role in the social, political and military upheavals of the 1930s and 40s as well as the lives of Alan Don and Archbishop Lang. Much more than a memoir, Faithful Witness is a remarkable, real-time record of events that have shaped modern Britain. Anyone who wants to know more about the experience of living through those turbulent times, and how Great Britain and the Church of England survived, will be amply rewarded by this engaging, perceptive and revealing eye-witness account.

The Revd Robert Beaken

Alan Don KCVO (1885-1966) was Chaplain and secretary to Cosmo Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury, from 1931 to 1941, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons from 1936 to 1946 and Dean of Westminster from 1946 to 1959. He was also a Chaplain to George V, Edward VIII, George VI and Elizabeth II. Robert Beaken is an Anglican priest and historian. His previous books include Following Christ (2020), The Church of England and the Home Front 1914-1918 (2015), Cosmo Lang, Archbishop in War and Crisis (2012) and Beginning to Preach (2004). He holds a PhD from King's College London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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