Archbishop Theodore: Commemorative Studies on his Life and by Michael Lapidge

By Michael Lapidge

Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury (668SH90), formed the English Church right into a constitution it has retained for a millennium. but till lately he has remained a shadowy determine, whose early profession within the close to East and at Rome has been unknown. during this ebook, which builds at the 1994 booklet of formerly unprinted Biblical commentaries from Theodore's Canterbury college, across the world uncommon students offer a clean account of the profession and writings of a distinct character who delivered to Anglo-Saxon England the cultural historical past of Syria, Byzantium and Rome.

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Survival of the fittest indeed! What would become of the better-class litter if they were not sheltered and protected from birth? ” Becoming less violently emphatic, Frank Harris wondered if Mr. Jekyll would be willing to furnish a copy of the Herbert Spencer letter. I said I had no idea whether he would, but that I was willing to sound him. And I pointed out again that at the time when Mr. Jekyll showed me the letter he really thought more of Herbert Spencer’s sending him a private and courteous reply than of the importance of the mistake that he had discovered.

This prompted him to say that he was well acquainted with T. P. O’Connor, whom he described as a successful Irishman whom the English liked because he never possessed an idea. There was also a letter from Lord Stamfordham, the private secretary of King George, to Mr. Jekyll about my book, Mr. Jekyll and Lord Stamfordham had been friends from their youth and Mr. Jekyll had told me that he was trying to get a copy of Songs of Jamaica on the King’s table. He said that even though the book was not read, if it were mentioned in a London drawing-room of consequence and reviewed by society, it might have a sale as a curiosity!

I am sure you will write prose some day. Poetry comes first; prose follows with maturity. And this is an age of prose and not of poetry. Poetry was the unique literary expression of the feudal and semi-feudal age: the romantic periods. But this is the great machine age, inventions upon inventions bringing a thousand new forces and objectives into life. Language is loosening and breaking up under the pressure of new ideas and words. It requires the flexibility of prose to express this age. “Now, tell me frankly,” he said, turning the pages of my scrapbook, “what was the real underlying urge that forced you to come to America, after you had achieved a local success in your home?

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