An important contribution to the history of 19th-century English liberalism and post-reform politics, this book argues that the Whig party was dominated by a new generation of politicians after 1832 who actively sponsored legislation designed to transform the constitution from an exclusively Anglican document to a non-sectarian, yet Christian one. Brent demonstrates that this concern for religious toleration and the preoccupation with ecclesiastical issues were central to Whiggery in this period, and that the questions raised during these years were posed only to dominate Victorian politics for the generation to come.
'a wonderfully sensible and coherent account ... an impressive book'
Theo Hoppen, Times Educational Supplement
'The argument is clearly presented and supported with materials from a wide range of sources' 'a coherent and impressive book made all the more convincing by a steady and sensible refusal to push the arguments beyond the bounds of evidence or common sense.'
Theo Hoppen, Times Literary Supplement
'he presents a persuasive new interpretation of the Whig ministries of the 1830s ... The argument is presented clearly and lucidly and, occasionally, with wit.'
Stephen Taylor, Jesus College, Cambridge. Journal of Ecclesiastical Studies
'Richard Brent's meticulous scholarship will undoubtedly stand the test of time as an account of Whig religion and its importance in the development of nineteenth-century English liberalism. Brent's study adds enormously to our understanding of Whiggery.'
Ian D. C. Newbould, Universiy of Lethbridge. Parliamentary History
'an important contribution ... well written and closely argued'
Series: Oxford Historical Monographs
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 4th June 1987
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61
Weight (kg): 0.59