A PEOPLE OF ONE BOOK
The Bible and the Victorians

TIMOTHY LARSEN
336pp ILLUS 2011 LIST PRICE: £48.49 P639

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Although the Victorians were awash in texts, the Bible was such a pervasive and dominant presence that they may fittingly be thought of as 'a people of one book'. Larsen explores the scripture-saturated culture of nineteenth-century England in a series of lively case studies of representative figures ranging from the Quaker prison reformer Elizabeth Fry; the liberal Anglican pioneer of nursing Florence Nightingale; the Baptist preacher C H Spurgeon; and the Jewish author Grace Aguilar. Even the agnostic man of science T H Huxley and the atheist leaders Charles Bradlaugh and Annie Besant were thoroughly and profoundly preoccupied with the Bible. Larsen presents the distinctive beliefs and practices of all the major Victorian religious and sceptical traditions -- from Anglo-Catholics to the Salvation Army and Spiritualists -- while simultaneously drawing out their shared culture as a people of one book.

This is a powerful book, engagingly and often amusingly written. EXPOSITORY TIMES