Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury: A Life

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

byPeter HinchliffForeword byLord Runcie

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This is the first full-length, serious biography of Frederick Temple, an eminent, nineteenth-century figure and father of William Temple who was Archbishop of Canterbury during the Second World War. Born on a Greek island, of middle-class but impoverished parents, he was educated at BalliolCollege on a scholarship, became principal of a college which trained teachers for pauper children, then headmaster of Rugby, and Bishop successively of Exeter and London before finally becoming Archbishop of Canterbury at the age of 76 in 1897. In the realm of education he could be considered thereal designer of the Oxford and Cambridge Examination Board in the 1850s; was a contributor to the first of the `scandalous' volumes of liberal theology, Essays and Reviews in 1860; was secretary of the Taunton Commission on grammar school education in 1868; and gave the Bampton lectures of 1884 onscience and religion which made the theory of evolution respectable. As Bishop of London he attempted to mediate in the London dock strike of 1889; was responsible for the final form of the Archbishops' reply to the Pope's encyclical on Anglican orders; presided over the `Archbishops' Headings' oncertain ritual practices in the `Church Crisis' at the end of the century; was much involved in Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations; and crowned Edward VII. He collapsed in the House of Lords after speaking in the debate on the education bill of 1902 and died soon afterwards. To gather the material for this fluent and attractive biography, the author has made use of the Temple family papers, most of which have been hitherto unpublished, as well as the more than 100 volumes of the Archbishop's official papers at Lambeth Palace.

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This is the first full-length, serious biography of Frederick Temple, an eminent, nineteenth-century figure and father of William Temple who was Archbishop of Canterbury during the Second World War. Born on a Greek island, of middle-class but impoverished parents, he was educated at BalliolCollege on a scholarship, became principal of ...

The author died on 17 October 1995, having just submitted his final typescript.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`a detailed, psycologically nuanced account of Temple's rise ... Hincliff handles controversy with particular clarity and engaging suspense ... For those interested in the history of modernity, in the powers of change as they bear down upon religious insitutions and their leaders, this is avaluably illustrative work. As to judging the efforts of those who 'have gone before us,' it should also provoke some healthy humility among the hindsighted.'Alan P.R. Gregory, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas, Anglican Theological Review, Vol 81, no 3