Carcanet Press Logo
Quote of the Day
Your list has always been interesting, idiosyncratic, imaginative and your translations [...] have been a source of pleasure to me.
Al Alvarez

Selected Writings

Lancelot Andrewes

Edited by P.E. Hewison

Cover Picture of Selected Writings
RRP: GBP 11.95
Discount: 10%
You Save: GBP 1.20

Price: GBP 10.75
Currently Out of Stock
Paperback
ISBN: 978 1 857541 18 2
Categories: 16th Century, 17th Century, Anglican
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: October 1995
216 x 140 x 10 mm
192 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
  • Description
  • Excerpt
  • Author
  • ...all the creatures in Heaven and earth seemed to hear this His mournful complaint, and in their kind to show their regard of it. The sun in Heaven shrinking in his light, the earth trembling under it, the very stones cleaving in sunder, as if they had sense and sympathy of it, and sinful men only not moved with it...

    from 'Sermon of the Passion, Good Friday, 1604'

    Thanks to T. S. Eliot's For Lancelot Andrewes: Essays on Style and Order (1928), the name of the great divine (1555-1626) lives, but his work is little known. This selection, the first for many years, reintroduces Andrewes as a substantial, engaging writer whose sermons, which 'rank with the finest English prose of their time' (Eliot), and other work breathe the energy of a turbulent, formative period.

    In the pulpit, Andrews initiated the 'witty' or 'metaphysical' style of sermonising, erudite, ornate, punning, allusive, full of sharp conceits and acutely analytical, yet frequently dramatic and poetic. He was admired by Lyly, Nashe and other contemporaries. Despite this fame, he remained a gentle, learned man, refusing two bishoprics offered by Elizabeth and trying, not always successfully, to steer clear of controversy. Under James I he became Bishop of Chichester, Ely, and finally Winchester, and contributed to the King James Bible. His Devotions affected Newman and churchmen of the nineteenth century. This good, lucid voice of the morning of Anglicanism has a place today, as a major prose writer and as a divine speaking to a Church whose memory has become foreshortened by politics and fashion.


    P. E. Hewison
    lectures in English at the University of Aberdeen.
    Lancelot Andrewes
    Lancelot Andrewes was an English bishop and scholar, who held high positions in the Church of England during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I. During the latter's reign, Andrewes served successively as Bishop of Chichester, of Ely, and of Winchester and oversaw the translation of the King James Version ... read more
You might also be interested in:
Cover of Selected Letters
Selected Letters John Donne,
Edited by P.M. Oliver
Share this...
The Carcanet Blog PNR 255: Editorial read more What to Do with the Body: Sumita Chakraborty read more Homunculus: James Womack read more Jon Glover: Birdsong on Mars read more Jeffrey Wainwright: As Best We Can read more Katherine Horrex: Growlery read more
Find your local bookshop logo
Arts Council Logo
We thank the Arts Council England for their support and assistance in this interactive Project.
This website ©2000-2020 Carcanet Press Ltd