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J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

Leon Litvack

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263517
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263517.001.0001
J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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John Mason Neale (1818–1866), the famous Victorian divine, hymnologist, novelist, historian, and author of the carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’, was also noted for his interest in ecunemism. This book traces Neale’s interest in the Orthodox Church, as expressed through his historical writings, translations of Greek hymns, and novels set in the Christian East. The work is based on a wide variety of manuscript and published sources for the subject, and demonstrates how this leading light in the Anglo–Catholic revival acted as an exemplary interpreter of Byzantium and Eastern Orthodoxy to the Victorian England of his day. In the context of the present time, when East–West relations are a topical subject, Neale’s life and work provide a shining example of how two very different cultures and traditions might approach each other, with fruitful results for both.

Keywords: John Mason Neale; Good King Wenceslas; hymnologist; ecunemism; Orthodox church; Greek hymns; Christian East; Anglo–Catholic revival; Byzantium; Eastern Orthodoxy

Book.  310 pages. 

Subjects: Christianity

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Introduction: The Life of John Mason Neale in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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Anglicans and the Eastern Church in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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Neale and the Eastern Church in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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Neale’s Orientalism in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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Neale’s <i>History of the Holy Eastern Church</i> in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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Neale and Orthodox Hymnody in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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Neale’s Translations in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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Neale’s Centos and Adaptations in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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Neale’s Craft of Fiction in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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<i>Theodora Phranza</i> in J. M. Neale and the Quest for Sobornost

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