Newman converts to catholicism (248 words)

Historical Context Note

  • Marion Spies (Bergische Universität-GHS Wuppertal)


In 1845 John Henry Newman (1801-90), the leader of the (Anglican) Oxford Movement and most brilliant theologian of his time, converted to Roman Catholicism. Various priests and laymen followed his example in succeeding years, and for the rest of the century Anglican dignitaries were scared of possible further conversions, which were derogatorily called .perversions.. Thus, bishops tended to have an eye on younger clergymen's activities at their parishes, at universities and on the literary market. In literature, the scare of conversion lead to the publication of dozens of polemical anti-conversion novels, such as William Sewell's Hawkstone: A Tale of and for England in 184- (1845).

Newman's conversion altered the public …

Spies, Marion. "Newman converts to catholicism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002
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