Faith Under Fire: Anglican Army Chaplains and the Great War

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

byEdward Madigan

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After the Great War, some texts by British Army veterans portrayed the Anglican chaplains who had served with them in an extremely negative light. This book examines the realities of Anglican chaplains' wartime experiences and presents a compelling picture of what it meant to be a clergyman-in-uniform in the most devastating war in modern history.

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After the Great War, some texts by British Army veterans portrayed the Anglican chaplains who had served with them in an extremely negative light. This book examines the realities of Anglican chaplains' wartime experiences and presents a compelling picture of what it meant to be a clergyman-in-uniform in the most devastating war in mod...

EDWARD MADIGAN  is a Government of Ireland IRCHSS Fellow and Associate Director of the Centre for War Studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:332 pages, 9.13 × 5.72 × 1.06 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230237452

ISBN - 13:9780230237452

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations, Tables and Charts
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction: Anglican Army Chaplains and Post-War Literature
The Church of England, The European War, and the Great
Opportunity
A Portrait of the Edwardian Clergy
The Anglican Clergy-in-Uniform
The Ministry of the Trenches
Combatant Faith on the Western Front
Veteran Padres and the Idealism of Fellowship in Post-war Britain
Conclusion: Why the Myth?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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'Edward Madigan has stripped away from the padres of the Great War old clichés and replaced them with a powerful study of the ways men of the cloth served the men at the front. No crusades or revivals here: but something more lasting - brotherhood and consolation. An important addition to the historical literature on Britain at war.' - Jay Winter, Yale University, USA'Madigan's book brilliantly explodes the myth that Anglican chaplains had a 'bad war'. Using a broad range of sources and a critical historical sympathy, Madigan sets these men back into the context from which they came, and in the process illuminates their expectations for the coming conflict, the part they played in the war culture of the British army on the Western Front, and how the myth of their inadequacy developed. The result is a star-shell of a book that illuminates the history of male religiosity as well as the human experience of the First World War.' - Dan Todman, Queen Mary, University of London, UK 'A nuanced and balanced account that dispels a number of stubborn myths about Anglican chaplains through careful reading of published and unpublished sources. This is an important contribution to our understanding of the Church of England during the war'. - Adrian Gregory, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, UK 'A major contribution to studies of the First World War … any further work on the subject is bound to draw on this elegant and erudite study.' - William Whyte, St. John's College, Oxford 'The whole issue of combatant faith is brilliantly and incisively analysed by Madigan … Faith Under Fire is an excellent and completely absorbing study of a wide range of issues relative to wartime chaplaincy. It is easy and compelling to read, carefully and closely argued, and a model of sound scholarship.' - History Ireland'Madigan's book provides a valuable contribution to military history and to the history of the First World War. It is well researched and uses a diverse array of primary sources to build its argument. The book is especially valuable as a contribution to the understanding of life in the trenches and to the social history of warfare … and would certainly be of value to anyone interested in the British experience of war.' - Cercles, Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Anglophone