The Parish in Wartime
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618 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

9 line illus.

Series: Oxfordshire Record Society

Series Vol. Number: 73

Imprint: Oxfordshire Record Society

The Parish in Wartime

Bishop Gore's Visitations of Oxfordshire, 1914 and 1918

Edited by Mark Smith

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  • Reviews
Surveys of aspects of clerical life - services, social activities, size of the congregation - shed new light on the church at the time.
In the early twentieth century the Church of England remained a significant institution in the lives of the people of Oxfordshire. It was for many a key provider of education and social activities as well as being a focus for religious worship and community life. The two surveys in this volume show a range of aspects of the Church at work in the last unclouded summer before the Great War of 1914-18, and also detail the responses of both clergy and people to four years of conflict. The returns to the bishop by clergymen in each parish reveal the opportunities as well as the struggles that the war brought to many households and the ways in which the conflict proved to be a catalyst for social and religious change. The reports are presented here in full with biographical notes on the clergy and an extensive introduction.

MARK SMITH is Associate Professor in History at the University of Oxford.
Introduction
The Visitation of 1914
The Visitation of 1918
Glossary
Select Bibliography
"Here is another beautifully produced annual publication by the Oxford Record Society in association with Boydell and Brewer. [.] Indeed, one of the joys of The Parish in Wartime is its potential influence on local historians to encourage them to examine and compare the visitation returns of their own diocese, and perhaps engage with groups elsewhere to compare and contrast results nationally." THE LOCAL HISTORIAN
"This stout volume marks the centenary year of the Oxfordshire Record Society and makes a firm claim on the attention of ecclesiastical historians at large. Everything here is to the highest standards: Mark Smith's admirable introduction is a model of its kind; he observes significant details with a sharp eye, placing the overall patterns nicely within the wider pictures which historical scholarship has come to acknowledge." Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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9780902509757

October 2019

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Title Details

618 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

9 line illus.

Series: Oxfordshire Record Society

Series Vol. Number: 73

Imprint: Oxfordshire Record Society