COSMO LANG
Archbishop in War and Crisis

ROBERT BEAKEN
320pp 23 ILLUS 2012 LIST PRICE: £25.00 B812

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The period 1928-42 saw some of the greatest political and social upheavals in modern British history. Cosmo Lang, as Archbishop of Canterbury, led the Church of England through this tumultuous period and was a pivotal influence in political and religious decision-making. Although Lang has often been seen as a fairly unsuccessful archbishop resistant to change, Beaken shows that he was, in fact, an effective leader of the Anglican community at a time when the Church of England was internally divided over issues surrounding the Revised Prayer Book and its position in an ever-changing world. This intellectually gifted but emotionally complex man was, the author argues, Britain's first 'modern' Archbishop of Canterbury.
. . . makes a significant contribution to the political and social history of pre-war Britain . . . It is beautifully written. And it is a compelling read. STANDPOINT