The Life, Work and Travels of Adrian Fortescue
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Paperback / softback
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of Pages: 308
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Based on diaries and his published works, Nichols presents an account of Adrian Fortescue's developing personality with an interpretative overview of his writing. Beginning with Fortescue's family background, it looks at his reactions to clerical training, and the wider scene, in Rome and Austria-Hungry at the end of the nineteenth century and the attempts of a widely read and imaginative man to adjust to the limits of priestly life in the East End of London, and the home counties in the Edwardian epoch.
'It is not possible to do justice here to what Aidan Nichols has done in this book ... This is a very fine study of a fascinating, brilliant and complex man' The Revd Peter McGeary in Church Times, 16 March 2012. 'Adrian Fortscue is now remembered best as the cynosure of rubricians, whose Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described had a samizdat thrill in the colleges and seminaries of the 1980s, and is now once again the definitive vade mecum for every MC's Extraordinary Form needs. [ - ] Aidan Nichols' new book is a comprehensive overview of Fortescue's writings, and of his liturgical work at mission for which he was responsible in Letchworth Garden City, or Rivalis Villa as he called it.' Robin Ward in New Directions, March 2012. 'Aidan Nichols' work rescues Fortescue from any suggestion of obsessive liturgical pedantry, and presents instead a compelling picture of an exemplary priest, a meticulous scholar and a lively, adventurous and humorous man. (...) Aidan Nichols' work succeeds admirably in presenting a more rounded picture of Doctor Fortescue than the image that one has if one only knows him as the author of a ceremonial guide. Fortescue was the model of the priest scholar, comparatively uncommon then as now, and very much a man of his time, throwing himself into controversies and parish life with equal energy.' Dom Benet Watt OSB in The Downside Review, Vol. 130, No. 458, January 2012. 'This biography is both enlightening and entertaining. It illuminates Fortescue's key insights, many of which remain just as true today as they were during his lifetime. But it also paints a vivid picture of Fortescue and his greatness. From reading Nichols's book, it becomes clear that Fortescue was a brilliant, eccentric, and colorful character. [...] Overall, The Latin Clerk does an impressive job of capturing both the essence of the man and a particular epoch in Catholic history.' Anthony Dragani in The Catholic Historical Review, Vol. 98 (4), October 2012. 'Fortescue emerges from Nichols's study as a bold scholar who was unafraid to push boundaries, especially when prompted by historical-critical method, as well as an adventurer who trekked fearlessly across inhospitable and hostile terrain in his quest to understand the ecclesiologies and liturgies of ancient Christendom in their real breadth and diversity.' David Grumett, Reviews in Religion & Theology, March 2013 '...This book is elegantly written with comprehensive footnotes and is a joy to read...' Anglo-Catholic History Society Newsletter, May 2013 ' - Nichols is surely to have the final word [on Fortescue].' Peter Allott, The Tablet, 26th January 2013