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Historians and the Church of England: Religion and Historical Scholarship, 1870–1920

James Kirby


This work illuminates for the first time the relationship between the Church of England and the writing of history in the late-Victorian and Edwardian era. It contends that the Church of England and Anglican theology had a decisive impact on the development of historical scholarship in this period. Since this was the time when history was first entrenched in school and university curricula, the resulting ideas had a remarkable circulation and endurance. The nature of these ideas is explored through thematic chapters on the leading historiographical topics of the time: the nation, the constitut ... More

Keywords: historiography, Church of England, Anglicanism, secularization, medievalism, constitutionalism, national identity, Reformation, scholarship, Tractarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198768159
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198768159.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Kirby, author
Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge