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Cosmo Lang


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Introduction Lang: A New Perspective The Archbishopric of Canterbury between the Wars Lang and the Monarchy Lang and the Abdication Crisis Lang and the Revised Prayer Book World War II Conclusion

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As Archbishop of Canterbury, Cosmo Lang led the Church of England through a period of great upheaval and was a pivotal influence in political and religious decision-making. Although Lang has often been seen as an unsuccessful archbishop and resistant to change, Beaken shows that he was, in fact, an effective leader at a difficult time.

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Robert Beaken is parish priest of St Mary the Virgin, Great Bardfield and St Katharine, Little Bardfield in Essex. He holds a PhD from King's College London.


'Robert Beaken has undertaken an immense labour of research and has produced a completely fresh picture of Archbishop Lang.' - Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, from the Foreword to this book 'Robert Beaken has uncovered a real historical scoop: Archbishop Lang's precise, and decisive, role in the abdication of Edward VIII is now stripped bare. But this is only one dramatic feature of a highly readable biography which casts new light on Lang and enriches our knowledge of his times.' - A.N. Wilson 'I am immensely enthusiastic about Robert Beaken's 'Cosmo Lang'... not just because it combines judgement and pace in telling the story of the Abdication, but because it establishes a vivid and convincing picture of the man at the helm of the Church of England from 1928 to 1942... The new Archbishop of Canterbury, if he has not read this book already, should not delay in doing so.' -Christopher Howse, The Telegraph 'Highly informative.' -Bernard Palmer, Church Times '"Cosmo Lang" is a major work of historical scholarship. It effects a profound revision in our understanding of a critical figure in the ecclesiastical life of early twentieth-century England. It also makes a significant contribution to the political and social history of pre-war Britain more generally. It is beautifully written. And it is a compelling read.' -S.J.D. Green, Standpoint

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