Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Appears in Collections:History and Politics Book Chapters and Sections
Title: The spiritual home of W. E. Gladstone: Anne Gladstone's Bible
Author(s): Bebbington, David William
Contact Email:
Editor(s): Doran, J
Methuen, C
Walsham, A
Citation: Bebbington DW (2014) The spiritual home of W. E. Gladstone: Anne Gladstone's Bible. In: Doran J, Methuen C & Walsham A (eds.) Religion and the Household. Studies in Church History, 50. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, pp. 343-353.
Issue Date: 2014
Date Deposited: 4-Jul-2016
Series/Report no.: Studies in Church History, 50
Abstract: First paragraph: ‘Popery is the religion of Cathedrals’, wrote J. W. Cunningham, the evangelical vicar of Harrow in his novel The Velvet Cushion (1815), ‘ – Protestantism of houses’.1 It is a commonplace in the secondary literature that the household was the citadel of the evangelical version of Protestantism in nineteenth-century England. ‘Evangelicalism’, according to a representative comment by Ian Bradley, ‘was above all else the religion of the home.’2 The head of the household conducting family prayers was the embodiment of the evangelical spirit. It is not the purpose of this essay to question that received image, but it does suggest that a clearer picture of the religious atmosphere of the evangelical home can be obtained from sources other than the manuals published for the paterfamilias to read to the assembled household. The books of family prayers tell us what was prescribed; but alternative sources show us what was practised. Spiritual journals, reflective meditations and candid correspondence can often be more revealing. Nowhere, however, is the kernel of household piety more evident than in the Bibles that some zealous believers annotated for their own benefit. The study of the Bible, as Edward Bickersteth, a leading evangelical divine, put it in his book A Scripture Help (1816), was ‘a great and important duty’.3 When members of evangelical families retired to the privacy of their own rooms, they might spend time in devotional reading of the Scriptures and leave a record of their reflections in the margins. Such Bibles, one of which is to be examined here, are treasuries of authentic domestic spirituality. They show something of the heartbeat of evangelical religion.
Rights: The publisher does not allow this work to be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.
Licence URL(s):

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Spiritual Home of W. E. Gladstone offprint.pdfFulltext - Published Version1.68 MBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 3000-12-01    Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.

This item is protected by original copyright

Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

The metadata of the records in the Repository are available under the CC0 public domain dedication: No Rights Reserved

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.