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Radical Churchman: Edward Lee Hicks and the New Liberalism (Hardback)
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Radical Churchman: Edward Lee Hicks and the New Liberalism (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 19/11/1998
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Historians of the Christian Social movement in the Church of England during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have paid little attention to its relation to the Liberal Party. But from about 1886 to 1918 there were some socially concerned churchmen who firmly supported the Liberal Party in its new role as an agency of social reform and tried to exercise influence as a group, taking Henry Scott Holland as leader and inspirer. Edward Lee Hicks, who succeeded Edward King as bishop of Lincoln in 1910, was a distinctive churchman associated with this group. He was an outstanding classical scholar who combined a long pastoral experience with active support of movements for temperance reform, improved housing, women's education and enfranchisement, and international peace. This study shows how he developed these social concerns under the influence of such friends as John Ruskin and C. P. Scott, and how he was drawn from his radical liberalism to the support of the incipient Labour Party without becoming a theoretical socialist.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198269779
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 587 g
Dimensions: 224 x 145 x 27 mm


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Readable biographical study of Edward Hicks ... excellent at providing a detailed, informed commentary on Hick's own life and work ... this is a welcome and, in its way, illuminating study of a neglected figure and a neglected strand of Anglicanism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As historians gradually begin to roll their attention forward into the twentieth century itself, I have no doubt that Neville's study is going to be a vital point of reference. * Journal of Theological Studies *
Hicks was a mild though conscientious reformer, and the book's merit is to illuminate through Hicks one instance of the marginalia of the new liberalism, as well as the changing social concerns that motivated an increasing number of progressive clerics. * English Historical Review *
This book is the first study of how a radical liberal churchman moved towards Labour ... it shows how someone with talent could ride the two wild horses of the century - biblical scholarship and the development of a middle-class conscience - for the benefit of Church and state alike. * Frank Field MP, The Independent *
This is a very good biography ... scholars of Victorian and Edwardian religion or politics will find much here that is of use and deep interest. * American Historical Review *
We are in Graham Neville's debt for his labour of love ... Iadical Churchman will be of interest to the historian of the Edwardian and Great War period ... this significant book is to be warmly welcomed. * Theology *

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