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Herbert Hensley Henson, J. N. Figgis and the Archbishops’ Committee on Church and State, 1913–1916: Two Competing Visions of the Church of England

Stapleton, Julia

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This article brings fresh perspective to the Archbishops’ Committee on Church and State that sat from 1913 to 1916, emphasising the divisions in the Church that it both reflected and reinforced. The article focuses on the shadow that two competing legacies cast over the committee's appointment and recommendations, and the reception of its report. This is evident in the work of two prominent figures of the early twentieth-century Church: Herbert Hensley Henson (1863–1947) and J. N. Figgis (1866–1919). While Henson appealed to Hooker's legacy in upholding a national Church, Figgis drew on Tractarianism in defending a narrower, denominational ideal.

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Stapleton, J. (2022). Herbert Hensley Henson, J. N. Figgis and the Archbishops’ Committee on Church and State, 1913–1916: Two Competing Visions of the Church of England. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 73(4), 814-836. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0022046921001470

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 23, 2022
Publication Date 2022-10
Deposit Date May 20, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jan 31, 2023
Journal The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Print ISSN 0022-0469
Electronic ISSN 1469-7637
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 4
Pages 814-836
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/s0022046921001470

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