From the September, 2005 issue of Touchstone
Warrior Bishop by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

Warrior Bishop

The Atterbury Plot by Eveline Cruickshanks and Howard Erskine-Hill

The Atterbury Plot
Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
(323 pages, $68.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Anne Barbeau Gardiner

The eighteenth-century Anglican bishop Francis Atterbury was not the first bishop to plan a revolution in England. Archbishop Stephen Langton had sided with the barons against King John and been the guiding force behind the Magna Carta in 1215, and Archbishop Cranmer had tried to make Lady Jane Grey queen of England instead of Mary Tudor.

In those days religion and politics were one. The seven high-church Tory bishops who—led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, William Sa . . .


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