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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840$
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W. M. Jacob

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213009

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213009.001.0001

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The Clerical Profession in the Long Eighteenth Century, 1680-1840

David Albert Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights emerging themes from the study, including regional variations; the relationship between the regions and London, the centre and localities; the role of clergy as gatherers and disseminators of information, both from and to the centre and localities; and the role of clergy as opinion-formers. It is suggested that clergy were unifying influences in society. The clergy were closely integrated with their local economies and local society, but they formed a distinct social and professional group, which distanced them from their neighbours. The clergy were not an archaic group compared to other professional bodies, but provided something of a model for the reformation and regulation of the legal and medical professions in the 1820s and 1830s.

Keywords:   regional, localities, opinion-formers, professions, reform, legal profession, medical profession

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