Lord Palmerston and the Bench of Bishops
James Clarke 2000
Hardback 272pp Illustrated
9780227679463   Product Code: 20915
Prior to Palmerston becoming Prime Minister in 1855, there were few bishops, most were occupied in London attending to business or parliament and rarely seen in their dioceses. This changed significantly when Palmerston appointed bishops - 19 during his ten years in office - who had both academic distinction and parochial experience. Nigel Scotland examines their wide-ranging reforms and innovations, including building churches and schools, promoting education and missions and raising standards among the clergy.