Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-212) and index.
This book is "a significant study of Anglican Benedictine life in those years of the 20th century when Anglo-Catholicism flourished in the Church of England, playing a key part in its history and in shaping Anglican identity through its theology and spirituality, in its social action and its influence in church politics. For the Anglo-Papalist wing of this movement, concerned for the return of the Church to the authentic spiritual depths of the Christian tradition and the reconciliation of all Christians into one Church under the Papal leadership, religious life was a vital component. The Rule of St. Benedict seemed best to fit the structures and worship of the Church of England and fostered stability of purpose among those who would transform the Church. After some false starts, the community at Pershore was established, fulfilling this vision. Moving to Nashdom, it gathered strength and vitality, becoming a forced to be reckoned with in the wider Church and ultimately shaping the identity of Anglo-Papalism. Its history therefore is of far wider significance than a mere charting of one Religious community." -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements -- Key to Abbreviations -- Introduction -- The Legacy of Secession -- The Journey to Pershore -- Struggling to Survive -- Growing under Pressure -- Manoeuvres around the Episcopate -- Propagating by Cloisters -- Settling at Nashdom -- Ecumenism and Expansion -- Rising to Challenges -- Unravelling an Identity -- A New Beginning -- List of Superiors and Departed Brethren at Pershore, Nashdom and Elmore -- Notes -- Index.