Walsh (1898) The Secret History of the Oxford Movement – Anglican Church


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Walsh, Walter. The Secret History of the Oxford Movement. (London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1898) Fourth Edition, Twenty Second Thousand.

Octavo (8vo). 424 pages plus 8 pages of advertisements. Hardcover. Bound in blue cloth-covered boards with blind ruled boards and gilt stamping on spine.

Condition: VG, with minor foxing to the first few pages and edge of text block. Light scent wafting from the inside, not offensive. Previous owner’s label on first free endpaper.

The Oxford Movement was a movement of High Church members of the Church of England which eventually developed into Anglo-Catholicism. The movement, whose original devotees were mostly associated with the University of Oxford, argued for the reinstatement of some older Christian traditions of faith and their inclusion into Anglican liturgy and theology. They thought of Anglicanism as one of three branches of the “one holy, catholic, and apostolic” Christian church. By the 1840s many participants decided that the Anglican Church lacked grace, and converted to Roman Catholicism.

The movement’s philosophy was known as Tractarianism after its series of publications, the Tracts for the Times, published from 1833 to 1841. Tractarians were also disparagingly referred to as “Newmanites” (before 1845) and “Puseyites” (after 1845) after two prominent Tractarians, John Henry Newman and Edward Bouverie Pusey. Other well-known Tractarians included John Keble, Charles Marriott, Richard Froude, Robert Wilberforce, Isaac Williams and William Palmer. All bar Williams and Palmer were fellows of Oriel College, Oxford. – Wikipedia