Introduction; 1. Nicholas Wiseman. 2. Henry Edward Manning; 3. Herbert Vaughan; 4. Francis Bourne; 5. Arthur Hinsley; 6. Bernard Griffin; 7. William Godfrey; 8. John Carmel Heenan; 9. George Basil Hume; 10. Cormac Murphy O'Connor; 11. The Way Forward.
Michael Walsh has written or edited over a dozen works on the history of the Church, both ancient and contemporary. He was until recently, Librarian at Heythrop College, University of London, UK.
"Provide[s] an overview of the 'emergence' of the Catholic church in this country from the shadows of it's recusant history to a recognised place in the life of the nation." Bishop George Stack "A lively and crisply written book ... [with] the well-informed, perceptive and personal observations one would associate with such a seasoned church-watcher and ecclesiastical biographer." - The Tablet, Februrary 2009 Review in The Catholic Herald, April 2009 "Useful and very readable compendium."Church Times, April 2009 Extracts in Catholic Herald, January 2009 Author article and title mention in The Tablet, November 2009 "The literature on some of the Cardinals is interesting and varied, depending on the level of their public profile and how they chose to exercise their office" The pastoral review, vol.5 issue 2--Sanford Lakoff "Walsh's careful research and his generally sympathetic essays make this book a valuable addition to Catholic history." Daniel Boice, Catholic Library World--Sanford Lakoff "Catholic Library World " "[Walsh] writes with fluency and, relying heavily in a wide range of contemporary sources, creates a series of pleasing biographical sketches."-Peter Phillips, Theological Studies, Vol. 71 (2010)