Anglican and Episcopal History

Published quarterly by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, Anglican and Episcopal History contains book reviews, society announcements, church reviews, and feature articles.

Articles from Vol. 82, No. 4, December

A Confusion of Tongues: Britain's Wars of Reformation, 1625-1642
A Confusion of Tongues: Britain's Wars of Reformation, 1625-1642. By Charles W. A. Prior. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, Pp. viii, 257. $125.00); Baal's Priests: The Loyalist Clergy and the Engfish Revolution. By Fiona McCall. (Farnham, Surrey,...
All Saints' Day in New York City
Located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, the Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch offers an extensive presence not only in its neighborhood but also on the internet.1 Among many other things, the parish's web site lists thirteen "sister Anglo-Catholic parishes"...
Annual Membership Meeting Historical Society of the Episcopal Church, St. Anthony Hotel San Antonio, Texas 10 June 2013
The Rev. Dr. Robert Prichard, President of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church (HSEC), convened the annual membership meeting Monday evening 10 July 2013 at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. HSEC Secretary, Dr. J. Michael Utzinger,...
A Short Reformation? a Case for Recalculating the Chronology of Religious Change in Sixteenth-Century England
The historiography of the English Reformation is the gift to scholars that keeps on giving. Just when it looks as if there are only the bones of a dead carcass left to pick over, an important new interpretation emerges from the decaying corpse. A number...
A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War
A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War By Sean Scott. (New York, Oxford University Press, 2011, Pp. ix, 347. $74.00.)In compiling this book, Sean Scott has consulted over a hundred collections of letters and papers in thirty-two...
Betjeman: Writing the Public Life
Betjeman: Writing the Public Life. By Kevin J. Gardner. (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2010, Pp. xi, 245. $49.95.)An offering in the Making the Christian Imagination series edited by Stephen Prickett, Betjeman: Writing the Public Life will prove...
Donne's Augustine: Renaissance Cultures of Interpretation
Donne's Augustine: Renaissance Cultures of Interpretation. By Katrin Ettenhuber. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, Pp. xii, 267. $110.00.)John Donne was more than just an avid reader of Augustine, of whom he wrote: "I am loath to part from this...
Drenched in Grace: Essays in Baptismal Ecclesiology Inspired by the Work and Ministry of Louis Weil
Drenched In Grace: Essays in Baptismal Ecclesiology Inspired by the Work and Ministry of Louis Weil. Edited by Lizette Larson-Miller and Walter Knowles. (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013, Pp. xiii, 238. $28.00.)This festschrift in honor of...
Eternal Life: A New Vision
Eternal Life: A New Vision. Byjohn Shelby Spong. (New York: HarperOne, 2009, Pp. xx, 268. $24.99.)In the wider Christian Church today, and certainly within the smaller circle of the Episcopal Church, there are few people who can compete with John Shelby...
Fighting the Antichrist: A Cultural History of Anti-Catholicism in Tudor England
Fighting the Antichrist: A Cultural History of Anti-Catholicism in Tudor England. By Leticia Alvarez- Recio, Bradley Drew, trans. (Brighton: Sussex Academic Press, 2011, Pp. viii, 226. $69.95.)The subject of anti-Catholicism under the Tudors is a large...
For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio
For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio (W. H. Auden: Critical Editions) by W. H. Auden, edited by Alan Jacobs. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013, Pp. xl, 92. $19.99.)W. H. Auden's For the Time Being: A Christmas Omtorio was published in...
From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism
From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism. By Darren Dochuk. (New York: W. W. Norton, 2011, Pp. xxiv, 520. $35.00.)Between the late 1930s and the late 1960s, waves of immigrants from...
God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades. By Rodney Stark (San Francisco: HarperOne, 2009, Pp. 276. $24.99.)In God's Battalions, Princeton sociologist of religion Rodney Stark seeks to dispel myths about the medieval Crusades and replace them with...
Handel's Messiah: Comfort for God's People
Handel's Messiah: Comfort for God's People. By Calvin R. Stapert. (Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2010, Pp. xiv, 173. $15.00 paper.)As I read this book, I was reminded of Jaroslav Pelikan's Bach As Theologian (1986), in which the author...
Listening for Madeleine; A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices
Listening for Madeleine; A Portrait of Madeleine L'Engle in Many Voices. Edited by Leonard S. Marcus. (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012, pp. xi, 365. $28.00.)Madeleine L'Engle, who died in 2007 at the age of eighty-eight, wrote stories for children...
Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite
Liturgical Sense: The Logic of Rite. By Louis Weil. (New York: Seabury Books, 2013, Pp xiv, 140. $18.00 paper, $14.00 digital.)In this focused and extremely accessible work Louis Weil systematically outlines the historical development of the role of...
Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer
Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer. By Father Michael Lapsley, SSM, with Stephen Karakashian. (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2012, Pp. xvi, 256. $25.00.)Saints do not always make comfortable companions. Their focus and...
Sermons from the National Cathedral: Soundings for the Journey
Sermons From the National Cathedral: Soundings for the Journey, By Samuel T. Lloyd III, Foreword by Jon Meacham. (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013. Pp. 359. $30.00.)No library of modern American sermons would be complete without this...
Society Announcements
African American Episcopal Historical Collection Travel GrantsApplication Deadline: 15 lanuary 2014Travel reimbursement grants are available to individuals who would like to use the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) for research....
The Borderland Cultures Encounter the Church and a Church Gave Birth to a New Chicano Culture
X'hank you for inviting me to talk with you tonight. I'm not an academic and though my undergraduate major was history, I don't know that I can make a claim to be a historian. I have been a parish priest for most of my life. In the spirit of the theme...
The Bride of Christ Goes to Hell: Metaphor and Embodiment in the Lives of Pious Women, 200- 1500
The Bride of Christ Goes to Hell: Metaphor and Embodiment in the Lives of Pious Women, 200- 1500. By Dyan Elliott. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011, Pp. 480. $59.95 cloth.)At what point do the gendered antipodes of medieval Christian...
The Church of Ireland and the Third Home Rule Bill
The Church of Ireland and the Third Home Rule Bill. By Andrew Scholes. (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2010, Pp. vi, 180. euro39.95, $69.95.); "Soätary and Wild": Frederick MacNeice and the Salvation of Ireland. By David Fitzpatrick. (Dublin: The Lilliput...
The Devil's Book: Charles I, the Book of Sports and Puritanism in Tudor and Early Stuart England
The Devil's Book: Charles I, The Book of Sports and Puritanism in Tudor and Early Stuart England. By Alistair Dougall. (Exeter, United Kingdom: The University of Exeter Press, 2011, Pp. xviii, 230. $90.00.)One contemporary observed in 1641 that the Sabbath...
The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church
The Path to Rome: Modern Journeys to the Catholic Church. Revised Tenth Anniversary Edition. Edited by Dwight Longenecker and Cyprian Blamires. (Leominster, Herefordshire, England: Gracewing Publishing, 2010, Pp. xxix, 412. £12.99 [$24.95], paper.)The...
The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra
The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra. By Adam C. English. (Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2012, Pp.xii, 230. $24.95.)With an almost boundless ability to readily retrieve informadon, it may be difficult...
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion
The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion. Edited by Ian S. Markham, J. Barney Hawkins IV, Justyn Terry, and Leslie Núñez Steffensen. (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, Pp. xxv, 753. $195.00 cloth; $159.99 e-book.)This is a large, complex,...
Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City
Word Made Global: Stories of African Christianity in New York City. By Mark R. Gornik. (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2011, Pp. xiii, 348. $30.00.)Mark Gornik's Word Made Global offers an unusual combination of ethnography and theological reflection....
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