© 2015

Subscribing to Faith? The Anglican Parish Magazine 1859–1929


Part of the Histories of the Sacred and Secular 1700–2000 book series (HISASE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jane Platt
    Pages 1-14
  3. Jane Platt
    Pages 15-25
  4. Jane Platt
    Pages 26-37
  5. Jane Platt
    Pages 71-91
  6. Jane Platt
    Pages 114-135
  7. Jane Platt
    Pages 195-199
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 200-278

About this book


This book reveals the huge sales and propagandist potential of Anglican parish magazines, while demonstrating the Anglican Church's misunderstanding of the real issues at its heart, and its collective collapse of confidence as it contemplated social change.


Anglican Church Anglican clergy Anglicanism Anglican faith church magazines Erskine Clarke Great War insets magazine circulation mass-market journalism mass-market publishing nineteenth-century religion parish magazines parish parish histories secularisation Victorian magazines Victorian religion social change

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ScholarUK

About the authors

Jane Platt is an independent scholar specialising in church history. From 2011-2014 she was Honorary Researcher in History at Lancaster University, UK. She is the editor of The Diocese of Carlisle, 1814–1855 (2015).

Bibliographic information


“In this attractive and persuasive volume, Jane Platt seeks to redress the balance and to reclaim this literature as worthy of scholarly attention. … These voices from Anglicanism in the parishes deserve to be heard, and this volume is to be applauded for bringing such a rich archival source back on to the scholarly agenda.” (Andrew Atherstone, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Vol. 68 (1), January, 2017)