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Rural society and the Anglican clergy, 1815-1914 : encountering and managing the poor / Robert Lee.

Lee, Robert, 1959- (Author).
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Subject: Church of England > Clergy > History > 19th century.
Church of England.
Rural clergy > England > History > 19th century.
Rural clergy > England > Norfolk > History > 19th century.
Rural churches > England > History > 19th century.
Church work > England > Norfolk > History > 19th century.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781846155055
  • ISBN: 1846155053
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xii, 235 pages) : illustrations.
  • Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK : Boydell Press, 2006.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-219) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Tithes and 'swing' : encountering unrest -- 2. Restoration : encounters with popular culture -- 3. Ranters and radicals : encountering social, religious and political dissent -- 4. Guardians and trustees : managing moral and economic behaviour -- 5. Customs in conflict : managing law and order -- 6. Liberalisation or indoctrination : managing education -- 7. Networks of authority, influence and power : managing dissidence.
Summary: The conduct of divine service was only one item on the agenda of the nineteenth-century clergyman. He might have to sit on the magistrates' bench, or concern himself with business as a farmer or landowner, or attend a meeting of the Poor Law guardians. He would, in all probability, be closely involved with the day-to-day running of the local school, and he would almost certainly be the principle administrator of the parochial charities. While some of these roles were clearly predestined to bring him into conflict with certain members of his flock, others seem ostensibly designed to operate in their interests. None, however, seem to have earned him much in the way of devotion and respect: instead, each of them at one time or another attracted the direct hostility of parishioners, most particularly those attached to dissenting and/or radical groups.
This book is a detailed exploration of the relationship between Anglican clergymen and the inhabitants of rural parishes in the nineteenth century. Taking Norfolk as a focus, the author examines the many and profound ways in which the Victorian Church affected the daily lives and political destinies of local communities.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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