Mandell Creighton was born in Carlisle in 1843, into a church-oriented family, and in 1870 was ordained into the Church of England. Throughout his life, he juggled the demands of his practical work in the church, and his literary and historical work, and the events of his life witness a constant shifting of emphasis occasionally interspersed with projects that drew the two sides of his work together. During the early part of his church career, he began his masterly History of the Papacy, the work for which he is best remembered, and the first volume of which appeared in 1882; in 1884 he resigned his living in Northumberland to go to Cambridge as the first Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, and in 1886 he became editor of t…
Nixon, Mark. "Mandell Creighton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 March 2002; last revised 30 November -1.
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