Nineteenth-Century Church and English Society
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 248
Width: 15.4 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
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 Drawing extensively on unpublished sources, particularly those for rural areas, Frances Knight analyses the beliefs and practices of lay Anglicans and of the clergy who ministered to them.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.
'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