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

Hardcover | September 6, 2007

byW. M. Jacob

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W. M. Jacob examines the concept of 'profession' during the later Stuart and Georgian period, with special reference to the clergy of the Church of England. He describes their social backgrounds, how they were recruited, selected, and educated, and obtained jobs; how they were paid, and theirlifestyles and family life, as well as examining the evidence for what they did as leaders of worship, pastors and teachers, how their parishioners responded to them, and how they were supervised. Jacob concludes that, contrary to popular views, the clerical profession was much better organized,educated, and supervised than the medical and legal professions during this period. During the 'age of reform' from the 1780s to the 1830s, all the professions were criticized: Jacob suggests that the modest regulation and professional training introduced in the other learned professions in the1830s only slowly brought them to the standard already achieved by the clerical profession.

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W. M. Jacob examines the concept of 'profession' during the later Stuart and Georgian period, with special reference to the clergy of the Church of England. He describes their social backgrounds, how they were recruited, selected, and educated, and obtained jobs; how they were paid, and theirlifestyles and family life, as well as exami...

W. M. Jacob has taught in a number of Church of England theological colleges, and has been a senior administrator in the Church of England. He is currently Archdeacon of Charing Cross in the diocese of London. He has written extensively about religious history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and has been editor of the jour...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:September 6, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199213003

ISBN - 13:9780199213009

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionI.2. Recruitment, background, and education of the clergy3. The ladder of advancement4. Pluralism and non-residence5. The incomes of the clergy6. Life in parishII.7. Conducting worship8. Pastoral care9. Promoting Christian knowledge10. Supervision of the clergyIII.11. Anticlericalism12. Conclusion