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The Church

The Church

by Virginia Schomp, Virginia Schomp

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Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
The influence of religious practice on the lives of the Victorians is a topic that is not as well covered as are other facets of contemporary life. The fact is, however, that most Victorians were devoutly religious Christians. The Anglican Church was the largest church in England but there were a number of divisions within the church. All Anglicans had to swear an oath of loyalty to the reigning monarch and Queen Victoria was responsible for the appointment of higher ranking clergy. This volume of the "Life in Victorian England" series discusses in depth the role of the church in the lives of the citizens of the country. The chapters include one that looks at the physical facilities including seating arrangements by class, the clergy, the role of women, and the importance of celebrations. Many of the traditions that we observe for Christmas, for example, originated with the Victorians; hence, the section devoted to the Victorian celebration of Christmas. There is also a chapter devoted to the uproar caused by the publication of Charles Darwin's work on evolution, The Origin of Species. It would be very useful in a middle school or high school library or in a public library. The nice features in the book and the others in the series are a glossary, chapter notes and a good bibliography for additional reading. Reviewer: Ellen Welty

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Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
Life in Victorian England Series
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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