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The nineteenth-century church and English society / Frances Knight.

Knight, Frances. (Author).
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Subject: Church of England > History > 19th century.
Anglican Communion > England > History > 19th century.
Church and state > England.
Christianity and culture > History.
England > Church history > 19th century.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 0585376476
  • ISBN: 9780585376479
  • ISBN: 9780521657112
  • ISBN: 0521657113
  • ISBN: 9780521453356
  • ISBN: 0521453356
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 230 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; Cambridge University Press, 1995.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 212-221) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 1. Interpreting the nineteenth-century church -- 2. Lay religion -- The problem of identity: Anglican or Methodist? -- The construction of Anglican piety: the Bible and the Prayer Book -- The essence of Anglican belief: salvation and the last things.
3. Church and community -- Providing churches -- Parochial responsibility redefined: the poor and the ratepayer -- Sunday church-going -- The rites of passage -- 4. Clerical life -- Ordination: a trap baited with flowers? -- Curates: a clerical underclass? -- Incumbents: winners and losers in the livings lottery? -- Two clergymen: a glimpse into the interior.
5. Relations remoulded -- Bishops, patrons and recalcitrant clergy -- The rise of middle management: archdeacons and rural deans -- The eclipse of lay authority: churchwardens, parish clerks, sextons and schoolteachers -- The layman redefined -- 6. Conclusion.
Summary: 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 Drawing extensively on unpublished sources, particularly those for rural areas, Frances Knight analyses the beliefs and practices of lay Anglicans and of the clergy who ministered to them.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.
Language Note: English.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.
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