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A Concerned Spectator


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Brian Wormald, Fellow of Peterhouse Cambridge, talks about "The Reformation in England" by Philip Hughes.
The author of this three-volume study quotes with approval the remark of a predecessor in Roman Catholic historiography, John Lingard, that the historian should view the events which pass before his eyes with the calmness of an unconcerned spectator. 'This approval is most surprising at first sight,' comments Mr. Wormald, 'for no one seems less like the calm, unconcerned spectator than Father Hughes. The explanation is, I think, that he has seen himself doing two things: on the one hand - and primarily - as exploring historical facts, and on the other as providing running commentary in the capacity of a keen partisan.'

(BBC recording)


Speaker: Brian Wormald
Author (The Reformation in England): Philip Hughes

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