Shaftesbury : The Great Reformer

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The best-loved politician and social reformer of nineteenth century England, Lord Shaftesbury's deep compassion for the poor became legendary. He campaigned tirelessly to limit factory hours, to stop the use of boys as chimney sweeps and children in coalmines, and to develop universal education. As a result he changed the character of English society forever. Areas covered in this important new biography include his upbringing and education; his work as a politician and his campaign for mental health; factory and industrial reforms; campaigns for climbing boys and for better sanitation and housing; his contribution towards the founding of the Bible Society, CPAS, London City Mission, Ragged School Union and CMS; his role as a defender of the Protestant faith and the campaign against ritualism; his personal theology.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 18mm | 340.19g
  • Lion Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8pp colour plate section
  • 0745953484
  • 9780745953489
  • 1,453,481

About Richard Turnbull

Richard Turnbull is principal of Wycliffe Hall. He left a career with Ernst and Young to study theology and train for the ministry at Durham and Oxford. He served as curate of Highfield, Southhampton before becoming vicar of Christchurch, Basingstoke. He has also served on the General Synod and as a member of the Archbishop's Council.
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I thoroughly recommend it.A" The Rt Hon William Hague MP, author of William Wilberforce As the Church of England becomes more evangelical during a period of great cultural change Richard Turnbull resurrects the relevance of the life of Lord Shaftesbury who, during an equally turbulent period, lived the inextricable link between personal faith and social action..A" Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool Few statesmen have served the poor and marginalized in their day more than Lord Shaftesbury. In this accessible biography, Richard Turnbull shows us what he achieved and why.A" David Bebbington, Professor of History, Stirling University This is a superb biography. Richard Turnbull's riveting narrative provides powerful insights into the mixture of aristocratic paternalism, political tenacity and spiritual conviction that produced a great reforming statesman.A" Jonathan Aitken, author broadcaster, and former Cabinet Minister
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