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The Deans

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"The Deans of the English cathedrals have included in their number many engaging - and eccentric - characters. In this volume Trevor Beeson, himself a former Dean, provides portraits of the most interesting and significant of them in the 19th and 20th centuries. William Buckland, an early geologist and student of animal life, offered his guests battered mice for breakfast and giraffe skulls for dinner; Reynolds Hole popularised the growing of roses and founded the National Rose Society; Frederick Farrar wrote a best-selling schoolboy story; Ralph ...
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Overview

"The Deans of the English cathedrals have included in their number many engaging - and eccentric - characters. In this volume Trevor Beeson, himself a former Dean, provides portraits of the most interesting and significant of them in the 19th and 20th centuries. William Buckland, an early geologist and student of animal life, offered his guests battered mice for breakfast and giraffe skulls for dinner; Reynolds Hole popularised the growing of roses and founded the National Rose Society; Frederick Farrar wrote a best-selling schoolboy story; Ralph Inge, a gloomy philosopher, hated church music; Walter Matthews saved St. Paul's during the wartime Blitz; Hewlett Johnson, the "Red Dean", admired Stalin's Russia; Derrick Walters was a key figure in the recent urban regeneration of Liverpool." Trevor Beeson also traces the history of cathedral life from its earliest days and offers some outspoken opinions about its role in a church renewed for mission.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780334029878
  • Publisher: SCM Press Limited
  • Publication date: 11/9/2011
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Change and continuity 6
3 The geologist - William Buckland, Westminster 20
4 The plantsman - Thomas Garnier, Winchester 26
5 The hymn writer - Henry Alford, Canterbury 33
6 The old mastiff - Walter Farquhar Hook, Chichester 42
7 The liberal - Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, Westminster 53
8 The saint - Richard Church, St. Paul's 63
9 The innovator - Edward White Benson, Truro 73
10 The parish priest - William Butler, Lincoln 86
11 The preacher - Frederick William Farrar, Canterbury 96
12 The rosarian - Samuel Reynolds Hole, Rochester 108
13 The scholar - Joseph Armitage Robinson, Westminster 116
14 The reformer - Frank Bennett, Chester 126
15 The gloomy philosopher - William Ralph Inge, St. Paul's 134
16 The headmaster - James Welldon, Durham 145
17 The war hero - Walter Matthews, St. Paul's 155
18 The socialist - Hewlett Johnson, Canterbury 166
19 The master glazier - Eric Milner-White, York 182
20 The connoisseur - Walter Hussey, Chichester 187
21 The reconciler - H. C. N. (Bill) Williams, Coventry 195
22 The prophet - Ernest Southcott, Southwark 202
23 The modern churchman - Edward Carpenter, Westminster 209
24 The urban regenerator - Derrick Walters, Liverpool 217
25 The missionary leader - looking ahead 225
26 Bibliography 239
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