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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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Introduction: John McManners, Man and Historian

Introduction: John McManners, Man and Historian

(p.1) Introduction: John McManners, Man and Historian
Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914

Nigel Aston

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a biographical sketch of John McManners, one of the most honored British historians of the Church. The making of his distinctive historical sensibility owes much to his family and the close-knit community life of County Durham from whence he came. John McManners was born in a pitman's cottage on Christmas Day, 1916, at Ferryhill (though he was christened John, family and friends have always known him as Jack). His father, Joseph, was a miner and Socialist agitator, and his mother was a schoolteacher, a woman of resolute character who was a moderate High Church Anglican who passed on her faith to her children and, eventually, to her husband.

Keywords:   John McManners, community life, family life, County Durham, Church history, academics

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