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  • Publisher: Pickering & Chatto
  • Online publication date: December 2014
  • Online ISBN: 9781848930391

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Filling an important gap in the historiography of Victorian Britain, this book examines the English Catholic Church's efforts during the second half of the nineteenth century to provide elementary education for Catholics. This campaign evolved into a half-century struggle against disunity within the Catholic community, a battle against nascent secularism in the educational system and a quest to secure equal rights and treatment within Victorian society. This struggle helped unify the Catholic community and transform its identity, as members of the Catholic minority evolved from passive onlookers to active, sometimes aggressive, participants.Tenbus’s study is based on extensive research through diocesan archives; from the personal papers of cardinals and archbishops down to the letters and sermons of local clergymen. Also considered is the press coverage of the education question, including that found in the many Catholic periodicals of the time.


"'Thanks to Eric G Tenbus's careful research...we now have a serious, scholarly account of this important chapter in the history of Catholic education and politics.'"

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