"First published in 2002 by SCM Press. This paperback edition published in 2003". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"The purpose of this book is twofold. It provides brief portraits of forty-eight bishops who were in office from about the time of the 1832 Reform Bill, when the Church of England as well as the nation as a whole entered a period of continuous change, until the final years of the twentieth century." -- Intro., p. .
Beeson "ends by asking why such able and interesting bishops are now in short supply and wonders whether the hectically busy managerial role assumed by the bishops of the new millennium represents a betrayal of the Episcopal office and a consequent weakening of the Church's witness in an incredibly secularized society. Looking not far ahead, the likely impact of women bishops is also discussed". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements / TB -- Introduction -- The aristocrats and the courtiers -- The scholars -- The statesmen -- The prophets -- The pastors -- The controversialists -- The headmasters -- The church reformers -- The social reformers -- The missionaries -- The evangelists -- The odd men out -- The pioneers : looking ahead -- Bibliography -- Index.
OTCH Note: The bishops described are in order of discussion: Edward Stuart Talbot, William Cecil, Charles Sumner, Cosmo Gordon Lang, Robin Woods, Connop Thirlwall, Joseph Barber Lightfoot, Mandell Creighton, Kenneth Kirk, Ian Ramsey, Archibald Campbell Tait, Randall Davidson, William Temple, George Bell, John Percival, Edward Lee Hicks, John A.T. Robinson, E.R. (Ted) Wickham, Edward King, William Walsham How, Edward Woods, Launcelot Fleming, Herbert Hensley Henson, Ernest William Barnes, Frederick Temple, George Ridding, Neville Gorton, Geoffrey Fisher, Edward Stanley, Charles James Blomfield, Samuel Wilberforce, Leslie Hunter, James Fraser, Brooke Foss Westcott, Charles Gore, George Augustus Selwyn, John William Colenso, Charles Mackenzie, Frank Weston, Joost de Blank, Arthur Foley Winnington-Ingram, Walter Carey, Christopher Chavasse, Cuthbert Bardsley, Henry Phillpotts, T.B. Strong, Mervyn Stockwood and Douglas Feaver.
"Originally published by Forward Movement Publications as 'Saints Galore' c1972, c1989, c1996". -- verso of t.-p.
"Fourth, updated and revised edition". -- back cover.
Biographies of saints and individuals in the calendar of holy days in the Book of Common Prayer, and lesser feasts and fasts authorized by General Convention. Includes many post medieval individuals from the Anglican Communuion in addition to several American commemorations.
Contents arranged chronologically by date with addition of "Some Other Popular Saints" at the end.
"The Anglican cathedral in Auckland was finally consecrated in October  -- some 174 years after the land on which it stands was first purchased. The First Bishop of New Zealand, George Augustus Selwyn, purchased the land for the cathedral in 1843. But his vision would take a long time to be fulfilled -- the foundation stone wasn't laid until 1957, 114 years later; and the cathedral was finally completed this year . Five years ago, the cathedral's then-Dean Jo Kelly-Moore, embarked on a project to realise 'Selwyn's Vision' and complete the cathedral. This saw the installation of a new organ, the completion of the 150-seat Bishop Selwyn Chapel, and the removal of a bridge that linked the old chancel and newer nave. 'The first Bishop of Auckland, Bishop Selwyn, offered us the vision of a cathedral to serve the people of Auckland', the Bishop of Auckland, Ross Bay, said. 'It is very exciting for our generation to see that vision fulfilled, and to be able to offer Holy Trinity Cathedral to God for that purpose'." [Text of entire article.]
"As a reminder of the long, rich, passionate and sometimes violent history of the Christian church, the 'Anglican Journal' is publishing 'Milestones', a short feature that explores historical and intellectual events in the evolution of Christendom. Milestones is presented by The Anglican Foundation of Canada. April 5, 1809. The Birth of George Augustus Selwyn, the first Anglican bishop of New Zealand. Granted a vast area of pastoral jurisdiction, he also laid the foundations of the church in Melanesia and Polynesia. Having mastered the Maori language on the long voyage from England to New Zealand, he was able to preach to members of his new flock in their native language upon his arrival. In addition to collections of sermons, he wrote the tract,'Verbal Analysis of the Holy Bible, intended to facilitate the Translation of the Holy Scriptures into Foreign Languages', 1855".
This book "introduces us to the 232 men and women who are commemorated in the 'Common Worship' Calendar. Nearly five hundred years after the Reformation, the Church of England is coming to a fuller appreciation of the saints, and their contribution to our spiritual journey". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction -- Abbreviations -- January -- February -- March -- April -- May -- June -- July -- August -- September -- October -- November -- December -- Appendix: Martyrologies and Calendars -- Index.
Entries arranged by month and day.
Colophon: Typeset by Regent Typesetting, London. Printed in Great Britain by Biddles Ltd, Guildford and King's Lynn.