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Lord Acton

(1834—1902) historian and moralist


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First Baron Acton (1834–1902), historian. In 1859 he became editor of the RC Rambler; under the threat of a Papal veto he suspended it in 1864. He sought to resist the movement towards Ultramontanism in the RC Church. In 1869 he went to Rome to organize resistance to the definition of Papal infallibility at the Vatican Council, collaborating with J. J. I. von Döllinger in publishing the series of letters under the signature ‘Quirinus’. From 1895 he was Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge.

Subjects: Christianity — Literature.


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