in the UK
RELIGION/PHILOSOPHYRichard Hurd is best known to ecclesiastical historians as one of George III's favourite bishops who was offered, and declined, the archbishopric of Canterbury. These letters, therefore, illuminate the early career of one of the most prominent clerics of the late eighteenth century. The letters begin in 1739, just after Hurd had graduated B.A. at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. They chart his gradual climb up the ladder of ecclesiastical preferment, through his time as Fellow at Emmanuel and end with him settled in the comfortable country rectory of Thurcaston in Leicestershire. Hurd had a wide circle of correspondents. He became a close friend of William Warburton, Bishop of Gloucester, perhaps the most prominent controverialist of the period. He was also a member of a literary circle which included the poets Thomas Gray and William Mason. Indeed, Hurd himself is well-known to students of English literature as the author of Letters on Chivalry and Romanceand as a significant figure among the so-called 'pre-romantics'. Hurd's letters reveal the full range of his interests, from theology and university politics, through literature, to painting and sculpture. This edition, therefore, not only tells us about Hurd's early life and career, but also provides a valuable insight into the social life of the Anglican clergy in the eighteenth century. LITERATURE Among students of English literature, Richard Hurd is best remembered as the author of Letters on Chivalry and Romanceand as a significant figure among the so-called 'pre-romantics'. His literary interests, his friendship with Warburton, the editor of Pope, and his career in the Church are all illustrated in the letters presented in this volume and written by Hurd between 1739, when he was an undergraduate at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and 1762, the year which marked the high point of his literary career with the publication of Letters of Chivalry and Romance. This correspondence also illustrates his interests in paint
The Boydell Press
Other books by this author See all titles
You save: £3.00
You save: £2.00
This book can be found in...
The prices displayed are for website purchases only, and may differ to the prices in Waterstones stores.