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Victorian Reformation: The Fight Over Idolatry in the Church of England, 1840-1860

Dominic Janes


In early Victorian England the cross was widely thought to be a deadly idol that led worshippers to the devil. This book is a study of the intense anxieties surrounding ‘idolatry’ which was, in a narrow sense, the worship of idols, but in a broad sense could mean worship of or devotion to anything that intervened between the believer and God. In early Victorian England there was intense interest in understanding the early Church as an inspiration for contemporary sanctity. One aspect of this was a surge in archaeological inquiry and the construction of new churches using medieval models. A num ... More

Keywords: idolatry, Victorian, England, Anglicans, Popery, Anglo-Catholic, Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195378511
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378511.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Janes, author
Birkbeck College, University of London
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