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The Works of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley contains 32 works by and about this revered 1864–1881 dean of Westminster Abbey. The collection compiles his three-volume work on the history of the Jewish faith, his commentary on Paul’s Epistles to the Corinthians, dozens of sermons and lectures, his memorials of Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, his genre-defining biography of Thomas Arnold, and much more. Also included in this amazing collection is Rowland E. Prothero’s two-volume biography of Stanley, which contains hundreds of letters to and from his friends and family, the former including Queen Victoria and John Colenso. Over 11,000 pages make up this packed collection!

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Key Features

  • 11,000+ pages from Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Dozens of sermons, lectures, addresses, and more
  • Rowland E. Prothero’s two-volume Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

Individual Titles

The Epistles of St. Paul to the Corinthians, vol. 1

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 418

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The two Epistles to Corinth are of special interest. In the first place, they are, in a word, the historical Epistles. The First Epistle to Corinth gives a clearer insight than any other portion of the New Testament into the institutions, feelings, and opinions of the church of the early Apostolic church. The Second Epistle is the most important document in relation to the history of the Apostle himself. No other portions of the New Testament throw as much light on his personal character and feelings and the facts of his life. The illustrations that the First Epistle furnishes on the general history of the Apostolic Church, the Second Epistle furnishes on the biography of St. Paul. Volume one of The Epistles of St. Paul to the Corinthians covers 1 Corinthians.

It is not often that English theologians, while holding firmly to the details of history, have grasped with so vivid a thought its living spirit, and followed so faithfully the guidance of critical principle, as Mr. Stanley, in the delightful volumes on St. Paul’s Epistles to the Corinthians, now before us. The brief introductions just fix the mind upon the center of St. Paul’s thought; the notes clear the way without diverting the reader to the minutiae of an ostentatious scholarship; the paraphrases frequently restore to life the spirit the spirit buried for us under too familiar terms; and the dissertations always faithfully state the unsolved difficulty where they do not lighten its pressure.

The National Review

The Epistles of St. Paul to the Corinthians, vol. 2

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1855
  • Pages: 352

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The two Epistles to Corinth are of special interest. In the first place, they are, in a word, the historical Epistles. The First Epistle to Corinth gives a clearer insight than any other portion of the New Testament into the institutions, feelings, and opinions of the church of the early Apostolic church. The Second Epistle is the most important document in relation to the history of the Apostle himself. No other portions of the New Testament throw as much light on his personal character and feelings and the facts of his life. The illustrations that the First Epistle furnishes on the general history of the Apostolic Church, the Second Epistle furnishes on the biography of St. Paul. Volume two of The Epistles of St. Paul to the Corinthians covers 2 Corinthians.

Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church, vol. 1

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 418

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Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church contains lectures Arthur Penrhyn Stanley delivered as the chair of ecclesiastical history at the University of Oxford. He divides the history of the Jewish faith into three great periods: each subdivided into lesser portions, each with its own peculiar characteristics, and each terminated by a signal catastrophe.

This first volume, reaching back for its prelude into the Patriarchal age, commences with the Exodus, and then, passing through the stages of the Desert, the Conquest, and the Settlement in Palestine, ends with the destruction of the Sanctuary at Shiloh and the absorption of the ancient and primitive state of society into the new institution of the Monarchy. It covers the history extending from Abraham to Samuel in the following lectures:

  • The Patriarchs
    • The Call of Abraham
    • Abraham and Isaac
    • Jacob
    • Israel in Egypt
  • Moses
    • The Exodus
    • The Wilderness
    • Sinai and the Law
    • Kadesh and Pisgah
  • The Conquest of Palestine
    • The Conquest of the East of the Jordan
    • The Conquest of Western Palestine—The Fall of Jericho
    • The Battle of Beth-Horon
    • The Battle of Merom and Settlement of the Tribes
  • The Judges
    • Israel under the Judges
    • Deborah
    • Gideon
    • Jephthah and Samson
    • The Fall of Shiloh
  • Samuel and the Prophetical Office
    • Samuel
    • The History of the Prophetical Order
    • On the Nature of the Prophetic Teaching
They are pervaded by the purity and picturesqueness which have always graced Dr. Stanley’s pen. It must be a pleasant thing to sit at the feet of a lecturer so capable of investing dry details with interest, and of lighting up every subject he handles with the glow of genius.

London Quarterly Review

Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church, vol. 2

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 511

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Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church contains lectures Arthur Penrhyn Stanley delivered as the chair of ecclesiastical history at the University of Oxford. He divides the history of the Jewish Church into three great periods: each subdivided into lesser portions, each with its own peculiar characteristics, and each terminated by a signal catastrophe.

This second volume covers the whole history of the Monarchy. It begins with the first rise of the institution at the close of the aristocracy or oligarchy of the Judges. It includes the Empire of David and Solomon dividing itself into the two separate Northern and Southern kingdoms and terminates in the overthrow of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Chaldean armies. It covers the rise and fall of the tribe of Judah in the following lectures:

  • House of Saul
    • Saul
  • David
    • The Youth of David
    • The Reign of David
    • The Fall of David
    • The Psalter of David
  • Solomon
    • The Empire of Solomon
    • The Temple of Solomon
    • The Wisdom of Solomon
  • The Kingdom of Israel
    • The House of Jeroboam
    • Elijah
    • Elisha
    • Jehu
    • The Syrian Wars and the Prophet Jonah
    • The Fall of Samaria
  • The Kingdom of Judah
    • The First Kings of Judah
    • The Jewish Priesthood
    • The Age of Uzziah
    • Hezekiah
    • Manasseh and Josiah
    • Jeremiah and the Fall of Jerusalem
Dean Stanley’s special qualifications for the task he has undertaken are far too well known to require to be enlarged on here. Learning, thorough sympathy with his subject, a noble breadth of view, great descriptive power, an acquaintance with history so wide as to enable him to draw his illustrations from almost every period, the combined reverence and freedom with which he handles his materials, are the more conspicuous merits of the present, as they were also of the former volume on the Jewish Church.

Theological Review

Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church, vol. 3

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 440

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Lectures on the History of the Jewish Church contains lectures Arthur Penrhyn Stanley delivered as the chair of ecclesiastical history at the University of Oxford. He divides the history of the Jewish Church into three great periods: each subdivided into lesser portions, each with its own peculiar characteristics, and each terminated by a signal catastrophe.

The third volume begins in the period of captivity. It includes the Exile, the Return, and the successive periods of Persian, Grecian, and Roman dominion. It is marked by the rise of the tribe of Levi in the Maccabean dynasty; by the growth of the Jewish colonies in Egypt, Babylonia, and the West; and, lastly and chiefly, by the last and greatest development of the Prophetic Spirit, out of which rose the Christian Church, and the consequent expansion of the Jewish religion into a higher region; while at the same time the dissolution of the existing Church and Commonwealth of Judea was brought about by the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple in the war of Titus and by the final extinction of the national independence in the war of Hadrian. The final volume of lectures covers:

  • The Babylonian Captivity
    • The Exiles
    • The Fall of Babylon
  • The Persian Dominion
    • The Return
    • Ezra and Nehemiah
    • Malachi (Or the Close of the Persian Period)
  • The Grecian Period
    • Socrates
    • Alexandria
    • Judas Maccabaeus
  • The Roman Period
    • The Asmonean Dynasty
    • Herod
The class of book to which these Lectures belong is a small one. Few men have the literary ability necessary to work up such brilliant sketches as these.

Church Quarterly Review

Lectures on the History of the Eastern Church with an Introduction on the Study of Ecclesiastical History in the University of Oxford.

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1862
  • Pages: 437

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The introduction to this volume consists of three lectures on ecclesial history delivered in the spring of 1857 as Arthur Penrhyn Stanley began his duties as Professor of Ecclesiastical History. In the choice and treatment of the epochs of Eastern history that follow, Stanley focuses on the Council of Nicaea, the emperor Constantine, Athanasius, Islam and its relation to the Eastern church, the Russian church, and more.

From beginning to end, it is most pleasant as well as instructive reading. The gravity of the scenes and events is everywhere relieved by the picturesque and vivid force with which they are described.

North British Review

Sinai and Palestine in Connection with Their History

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: A. C. Armstrong
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 418

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The purpose of the volume is to show how the geography of the Holy Land illustrates the histories of the Bible—the Old and New Testaments alike. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley’s travelogue covers Palestine, Jerusalem, the Heights and Passes of Benjamin, Ephraim, the Jordan and the Dead Sea, Galilee, and more.

On almost every page there is some striking remark to be noted and remembered.

Christian Examiner

It is unquestionably the most valuable contribution to sacred geography that has appeared since the biblical researches of Dr. Robinson; and, as a contribution to the physical geography of Bible-lands, expressly designed to illustrate the connection between the geography and the history, between the country and the people, between earth and man, in Palestine—it stands unrivalled and alone.

Bibliotheca Sacra and Theological Review

Essays Chiefly on Questions of Church and State from 1850 to 1870

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1870
  • Pages: 617

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The essays in this collection span 20 years of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley’s remarkable career and cover such topics as ritualism, the unity of Christendom, the connection between church and state, and more. Essays Chiefly on Questions of Church and State also contains three biographical essays on John Keble, Henry Hart Milman, and Archdeacon Julius Hare

Addresses and Sermons Delivered During a Visit to the United States and Canada in 1878

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Macmillan & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1879
  • Pages: 418

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This volume contains nine addresses and nine sermons delivered by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley in 1878. The addresses were delivered to various audiences, some of them consisting chiefly of the great communions of Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Methodists, and Baptists. The sermons were all delivered in the Protestant Episcopal Church.

These addresses and sermons are of special interest to us, because delivered, with one exception, under the influence of feelings stirred up by American scenes and society. The impressions made by these upon such a man as Dean Stanley cannot but be of value to us, and we may learn useful lessons from certain suggestions in this book.

Church Review

Addresses and Sermons Delivered at St. Andrew’s

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Macmillan & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1877
  • Pages: 187

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These sermons and addresses were delivered by Arthur Penrhyn Stanley at the University of St. Andrews in 1872, 1875, and 1877. Included in this volume:

  • The Study of Greatness
  • The Hopes of Theology
  • Succession of Spiritual Life
  • Principles of Christianity
  • The Two Great Commandments
In utterly unelaborated catholicity of expression, he is probably unrivalled among religious teachers.

Contemporary Review

The Unity of Evangelical and Apostolical Teaching: Sermons Preached Mostly in Canterbury Cathedral

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1859
  • Pages: 416

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In selecting subjects from so wide a topic as “Evangelical and Apostolical Teaching,” Murray brings to the forefront points that have been unduly kept in the background, and yet are essential to any complete understanding and vindication of the Gospel system. This volume includes the following 25 sermons:

  • “The Gospel of Christ,” Romans 10:15
  • “The Words of Christ,” Luke 21:33
  • “The Law of Christ,” Psalm 19:7–8
  • “The Truth of Christ,” Ephesians 4:21
  • “The Doctrine of Christ,” Matthew 8:28
  • “The Consolations of Christ,” Luke 4:18–19
  • “Belief in Christ,” John 6:29
  • “The Wisdom of Christ,” Matthew 22:20–22
  • “Christ’s Words to the Apostle Paul,” Acts 21:7–8
  • “The Doctrine of Evil,” Romans 13:12–14
  • “The Doctrine of Apostolical Toleration,” Romans 15:7
  • “Essentials of Apostolical Doctrine,” Galatians 6:15
  • “Essentials of Apostolical Doctrine,” 1 Corinthians 7:19
  • “Doctrine of Nonconformity to the World,” Romans 12:2
  • “The Doctrine of Proportion,” Romans 12:6–8
  • “The Apostle’s Polemics,” Romans 12:21
  • “The Apostle’s Farewell,” Philemon 4:8
  • “The Lord’s Song in a Strange Land,” Psalm 87:4
  • “St. Paul at Rome,” Philemon 1:9
  • “Mount Sinai in Arabia,” Galatians 4:25
  • “Christ on Earth and Christ in Heaven,” John 16:28
  • “God’s Holy Hill,” Psalm 15:1
  • “The Good Samaritan,” Luke 10:29
  • “The Body and the Members,” 1 Corinthians 12:14, 17, 21, 26

The Bible: Its Form and Its Substance: Three Sermons

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Henry and James Parker
  • Publication Date: 1863
  • Pages: 115

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These three sermons on the doctrine of inspiration were preached in consecutive order before the University of Oxford. They focus on Hebrews 1:1 and 1:2 and include:

  • “God Spake at Sundry Times and in Diverse Manners”
  • “God Spake By the Prophets”
  • “God Hath Spoken By His Son”
In his descriptive powers the Professor of Ecclesiastical History stands almost, if not quite, unrivalled, and his rank as a historian is no mean one.

The Union Review

The Athanasian Creed

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1871
  • Pages: 105

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In the following pages on the Athanasian Creed, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley urges relaxing the obligation of its recital in public services. Before laying out his arguments, he gives a succinct account of the authorship, characteristics, and use of the Creed in the Church of England.

Sermons and Essays on the Apostolic Age

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: James Parker and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1874
  • Pages: 371

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The sermons and addresses that make up this volume consider the characters and circumstances that represent most fully the “Apostolic Age” by exhibiting as far as possible the outward and local image of that which we usually contemplate in its inward and spiritual essence. Such historical representations of the first age of Christianity are necessary to a right interpretation of many parts of the New Testament. Stanley examines the Apostolic age, its historic consequences, and the lessons of practical application it conveys.

It will enhance the reputation of its author and advance the cause of truth.

Biblical Review

Sermons Preached before His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner
  • Publication Date: 1863
  • Pages: 272

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While serving as the honorary chaplain to the prince of Wales, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley accompanied Albert Edward on a tour of the East, preaching at notable stops along the way. These sermons, included in this volume, were given in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, on the Mediterranean, and finally back at Windsor Castle. Among the places Stanley provides accounts for in the adjoining travelogue are the Cave of Machpelah, the Tomb of David, the Mosque of Hebron, the Lake of Gennesareth, the Temples of Hermon, and many more.

They are very short, averaging some seven pages only in length; but they are very much to the point, and each one of them breathes the spirit of the land or scene in the midst of which it was written and delivered. There is no attempt at oratorical effect, but a simple and earnest unfolding of truth, with faithfulness.

American Presbyterian and Theological Review

Sermons for Children

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1887
  • Pages: 157

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These sermons were written for children, but like many books written for children, they will appeal to grownups as well. Biblically based, each sermon takes a verse or story from the Bible and explains it in terms children will love and appreciate. Great for Sunday school lesson ideas!

These sermons have all the charm and all the attractiveness of the late Dean Stanley’s writings. Their style is simple and beautiful, their illustrations are as bright and attractive as they always were, the moral teaching as pure and real.

Church Quarterly Review

Westminster Sermons: Sermons on Special Occasions

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1882
  • Pages: 418

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Westminster Sermons is an anthology of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley’s sermons on special occasions. Subjects include church dedications, national holidays, Christian fraternity, unity in congregation diversity, and more. Includes a section of funeral sermons that Stanley delivered for Charles Dickens, Frederick Denison Maurice, Thomas Carlyle, and more.

Christian Institutions: Essays on Ecclesiastical Subjects

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Harper & Brothers
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 326

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The last work to come from the pen of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, Christian Institutions surveys the forms and offices of the early Church. Subjects of inquiry include baptism, communion, absolution, ecclesiastical vestments, the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and more.

They have all an antiquarian, historical, and practical interest, and are treated in a very liberal and attractive style. Dean Stanley is a genius as well as a scholar, and has a rare power of word-painting. He always seizes on the most salient points, and gives them an artistic finish.

The Critic

They are built upon the immovable foundation of solid scholarship, and yet are as free from all pedantry and pretentiousness as possible. The most liberal spirit pervades every page.

Unitarian Review

Lectures on the History of the Church of Scotland

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Scribner, Armstrong, and Company
  • Publication Date: 1872
  • Pages: 207

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With an introductory sermon on the 11th Commandment, Lectures on the History of the Church of Scotland is composed of four lectures on the following topics:

  • The Celtic, Medieval, and Episcopal Churches
  • The Church of Scotland, the Covenant, and the Seceding Churches
  • The Moderation of the Church of Scotland
  • The Present and Future of the Church of Scotland
He has won reputation for his graphic style, as well as vigorous thought. In the present work this reputation is well sustained.

Mercersburg Review

Historical Memorials of Westminster Abbey, vol. 1

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company
  • Publication Date: 1882
  • Pages: 335

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Westminster Abbey, with respect to the comprehensiveness of its national character and the variety of its historical associations, stands unrivalled in the world. Written to commemorate its 800th anniversary, Historical Memorials of Westminster Abbey surveys the historic events and people that have graced its halls over the centuries. Volume one covers the Abbey’s foundation, the coronations, the royal tombs, and the monuments of Westminster.

Whilst the Abbey is a very unique representation of England, her kings and queens, her constitution, her history, and her people, the book now before us, which we have read with unusual interest, is an equally unique representation of the Abbey.

British Quarterly Review

Historical Memorials of Westminster Abbey, vol. 2

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Anson D. F. Randolph & Company
  • Publication Date: 1882
  • Pages: 422

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Westminster Abbey, with respect to the comprehensiveness of its national character and the variety of its historical associations, stands unrivalled in the world. Written to commemorate its 800th anniversary, Historical Memorials of Westminster Abbey surveys the historic events and people that have graced its halls over the centuries. Volume two covers the Abbey before and after the Reformation.

The mighty influences emanating from this building are faithfully portrayed by this celebrated scholar and clergyman.

Sunday School Library Bulletin

Historical Memorials of Canterbury

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: J. M. Dent & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1906
  • Pages: 295

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In 1851, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, future dean of Westminster, was appointed canon of Canterbury. He had dreaded this new change in his life when it was proposed. In his final days of parting with Oxford, he asked one of his pupils to think of him as lost in “that huge Cathedral.” But once established, he found the quiet, the rare and gentle antiquity, and the peace-giving associations of Canterbury healing to his mind. Inspired by his new surroundings, he began to research Canterbury’s history, penning these lectures during his first years of residency:

  • The Landing of Augustine and the Conversion of Ethelbert
  • The Murder of Beckett
  • Edward the Black Prince
  • The Shrine of Beckett
The book is one of the most delightful which Dr. Stanley ever wrote, and one of the most instructive.

London Quarterly Review

The South African Controversy in Its Relations to the Church of England: A Speech

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: James Parker and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1867
  • Pages: 76

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Creating a firestorm of controversy in 1862 with its publication, John William Colenso’s The Pentateuch and the Book of Joshua Critically Examined challenged the historical accuracy of the Pentateuch and its Mosaic authorship. With this pamphlet, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley mounts a surprising defense of the Bishop from Natal, and questions the procedures for Church discipline and excommunication.

Addresses and Charges of Edward Stanley with a Memoir by His Son Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1851
  • Pages: 206

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This collection of Edward Stanley’s sermons and addresses (with a brief memoir of the man) was written and edited by his son, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley. Edward Stanley was bishop of Norwich from 1837 to 1849, remembered best for the discipline he instilled in the lax diocese and his strict enforcement of the Plurality Act. The addresses serve as memorials of the pastoral and Episcopal life he led, and the connected biography illustrates and elucidates them.

The life of Dr. Stanley deserved a record, chiefly on account of the intrinsic excellence of his character, and in a lesser degree, on account of the light it throws on the ecclesiastical history of England during the second quarter of the 19th century.

Christian Reformer

Memoirs of Edward and Catherine Stanley

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1880
  • Pages: 351

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Thirty years after Arthur Penrhyn Stanley published a collection of his father’s sermons and addresses, he decided to expand the brief biography that was attached to that volume to include the personal and spiritual life of not only his father, but his mother as well. Culled from letters, journals, speeches, sermons, and diary notes, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley’s Memoirs of Edward and Catherine Stanley contains not only the important ecclesiastical history of England during its revival of religious life, but also the personal spiritual journey of his parents after his father, Edward Stanley, reluctantly accepted a clerical post.

Readers who are repelled by ordinary religious memoirs are drawn to these because of the revelation of the divine power of spiritual religion which they exhibit. No truer evidence of what Christianity is in its deepest root can be found anywhere than in the records of such lives as these. Like the lives themselves, such records are witnesses to its living and permanent influence.

Modern Review

Recollections of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

  • Author: George Granville Bradley
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1883
  • Pages: 142

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Tasked with delivering lectures on his friend and predecessor Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, Dean Bradley accepted the challenge and delivered three lectures to audiences in Scotland, a country that Stanley connected with deeply. For these lectures, he made special preparation, rereading Stanley’s published works and a mass of his private correspondence. The child, boy, the collegian, professor, church dignitary, and above all, man and friend are delineated with the tender sympathy and clear insight of true friendship. The first lecture covers Stanley’s life from 1815 to 1840, the second from 1840 to 1863, and the last from 1863 to 1881.

It would not have been possible for the present Dean of Westminster to write of his predecessor, who was so widely known and so well beloved on both sides of the Atlantic, and to make a book that was not worth reading.

International Review

Nothing could surpass the perfect taste and loving feeling of this graceful tribute to Dean Stanley’s excellences.

British Quarterly Review

It is a tribute of friendship to the memory of one endeared to the author because of his largeness both of heart and brain, of his purity in character, his fidelity in friendship, his broad philanthropy, his liberality and charity toward all who, though differing in theological opinion, were nevertheless followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Methodist Review

The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold, D. D., vol. 1

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Ticknor and Fields
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 378

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In 1828, Thomas Arnold became headmaster of Rugby School for Boys. In just a short period, he turned the failing school into a model institution that would influence the educational system across the country. At the same time, his sermons and essays were being published to great acclaim. His reputation as a charismatic and pious reformer would inspire many popular works, and after his early death, former pupil Arthur Penrhyn Stanley was asked by Arnold’s family to pen the story of his influential life. The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold became one of the all-time best-selling biographies in England and sealed Arnold’s reputation as a national hero. Volume one covers the years 1795–1835.

One of the first copies of this book that reached this country was placed in our hands, and, fond as we are of biography, we were somewhat startled by two sizeable volumes about the life of a man of whom we knew so little. Yet we took them, as in duty bound, determined at least to begin, if not to complete, their perusal. The oil of our evening lamp gave out before we laid the book aside, the first work of the morning was to renew our delightful task, and with expanding thoughts, and throbbing heart, and mournful self-condemnation, and joyous hopes of self-recovery, we traveled on with the great man, revealed to us as it were from heaven, until at last, with tears that would not be restrained, we stood beside his death bed. Never before did a biography so stir our inmost being.

Methodist Review

The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold, D. D., vol. 2

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: Ticknor and Fields
  • Publication Date: 1860
  • Pages: 400

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In 1828, Thomas Arnold became headmaster of Rugby School for Boys. In just a short period, he turned the failing school into a model institution that would influence the educational system across the country. At the same time, his sermons and essays were being published to great acclaim. His reputation as a charismatic and pious reformer would inspire many popular works, and after his early death, former pupil Arthur Penrhyn Stanley was asked by Arnold’s family to pen the story of his influential life. The Life and Correspondence of Thomas Arnold became one of the all-time best-selling biographies in England and sealed Arnold’s reputation as a national hero. Volume two covers the years 1835–1842.

The Miscellaneous Works of Thomas Arnold, D. D.

  • Editor: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: B. Fellows
  • Publication Date: 1845
  • Pages: 519

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In The Miscellaneous Works of Thomas Arnold, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley culls Thomas Arnold’s most important essays and letters into a single volume. The works include Arnold’s views on education reform and the place of the church within schools, education, and the poor, as well as various other topics. Essays include “Essay on the Social Progress of the States,” “Principles of Church Reform,” “Discipline in Public Schools,” and more.

Dr. Arnold was a deep thinker, and his tongue was clear, eloquent, and fearless exponent of his thought. The position he took on the Catholic Emancipation Question, and the Oxford Movement, connects his name with two of the most important events of Modern English History.

Brownson’s Quarterly Review

Letters and Verses of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley between the Years 1829 and 1881

  • Author: Rowland E. Prothero
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1895
  • Pages: 454

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This volume contains over one hundred letters from Arthur Penrhyn Stanley written between the years 1829 and 1881, including his correspondence with Queen Victoria and the last letter he wrote before his death. It also contains hymns and poems, including his Oxford Prize poem “The Gypsies.” Unable to include these important miscellaneous works in his authoritative two-volume biography of Stanley, Prothero published them separately as a companion volume.

The Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, vol. 1

  • Authors: Rowland E. Prothero, George Granville Bradley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 536

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The Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley begins with the birth of Stanley in 1815 and traces his rise from Rugby School graduate to Oxford undergrad to canonry in Canterbury Cathedral—and eventually to dean of Westminster. Biographer Rowland E. Prothero explores Stanley’s life and career and examines the way his books, sermons, poems, hymns, and speeches helped shape England and the Church. Prothero also examines the hundreds of letters Stanley penned to friends and family. Volume one covers 1805–1858.

Stanley all his life long was an indefatigable writer, a copious and unwearied correspondent, a visitant to scenes of historic interest in almost every quarter of the globe, an ecclesiastical knight-errant, ever ready to break a lance with any champion of orthodoxy, although the quarrel were none of his own, and an assiduous student to the end of his days, ever amassing fresh stores of knowledge until the darkness enshrouded him . . . The work, which in less skillful hands, might have assumed so gigantic a shape as to deter many readers in these hurried and over-pressed days of ours, has been so judiciously condensed as to carry us on unweariedly through more than 1,000 octavo pages, and so deftly has the artist filled in the background of his canvas with subtle and thoughtful analysis of his subject’s position, at the different periods of his history, that Stanley stands out from his canvas in all the vivid reality of a character instinct with unrivalled charm and attractiveness.

Church Quarterly Review

We follow the varied phases of this life of ceaseless activity, of honorable aspiration, of somewhat checkered fortune, with unflagging interest, and cannot withhold our cordial admiration for the unpretentious skill with which Mr. Prothero has done his work.

The Presbyterian and Reformed Review

Mr. Prothero, with a candor not always to be found in a biographer, and with a fidelity which implies loyalty to truth, and not partisanship, has used a great many lines in drawing Stanley’s portrait . . . the result is worth the pains taken.

Atlantic Monthly

The Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley, vol. 2

  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Publisher: John Murray
  • Publication Date: 1894
  • Pages: 599

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The Life and Correspondence of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley begins with the birth of Stanley in 1815 and traces his rise from Rugby School graduate to Oxford undergrad to canonry in Canterbury Cathedral—and eventually to dean of Westminster. Biographer Rowland E. Prothero explores Stanley’s life and career and examines the way his books, sermons, poems, hymns, and speeches helped shape England and the Church. Prothero also examines the hundreds of letters Stanley penned to friends and family. Volume two covers 1858–1881.

Product Details

  • Title: The Works of Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Author: Arthur Penrhyn Stanley
  • Volumes: 32
  • Pages: 11,316

About Arthur Penrhyn Stanley

Arthur Penrhyn Stanley (1815–1881), born in Cheshire and educated at Rugby School under Thomas Arnold, was ordained in 1839, the same year he was elected a fellow of University College. For ten years he tutored at the college, and he published several works that sealed his reputation as a gifted literary writer and preacher. In 1851, Stanley was appointed to a canonry in Canterbury Cathedral; he published a popular work on its history. At the close of 1856, Stanley was appointed Regius professor of ecclesiastical history at Oxford; then, in 1863, he was appointed dean of Westminster Abbey. A prolific writer, Stanley wrote dozens of books and was an avid letter writer from a very young age.