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Cosmo Lang

Archbishop in War and Crisis

Cosmo Lang

Archbishop in War and Crisis

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£40.00

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781780763552
Number of Pages: 338
Published: 09/10/2012
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
The period 1928-1942 saw some of the greatest political and social upheavals in modern British history. Lang, as Archbishop of Canterbury, led the Church of England through this tumultuous period and was a pivotal influence in political and religious decision-making. In this book, Robert Beaken provides a new perspective on Lang, including his considerable relationship with the royal family. Beaken also shows how Lang proved to be a sensitive leader during wartime, opposing any demonisation of the enemy and showing compassion to conscientious objectors. Despite his central role at a time of flux, there has been little written on Lang since the original biography published in 1949, and history has not been kind to this intellectually gifted but emotionally complex man. Although Lang has often been seen as a fairly unsuccessful archbishop who was resistant to change, Beaken shows that he was, in fact, an effective leader of the Anglican community at a time when the Church of England was internally divided over issues surrounding the Revised Prayer Book and its position in an ever-changing world. Lang's reputation is therefore ripe for reassessment. Drawing on previously unseen material and first-hand interviews, Beaken tells the story of a fascinating and complex man, who was, he argues, Britain's first 'modern' Archbishop of Canterbury.

Robert Beaken, Dr. Rowan Williams

Robert Beaken is parish priest of St Mary the Virgin, Great Bardfield and St Katharine, Little Bardfield in Essex. He holds a PhD from King's College London.

'Robert Beaken has undertaken an immense labour of research and has produced a completely fresh picture of Archbishop Lang.' - Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, from the Foreword to this book 'Robert Beaken has uncovered a real historical scoop: Archbishop Lang's precise, and decisive, role in the abdication of Edward VIII is now stripped bare. But this is only one dramatic feature of a highly readable biography which casts new light on Lang and enriches our knowledge of his times.' - A.N. Wilson

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