The archbishop and the Lord Chamberlain

I’m this week preparing to head off to the St Andrews conference of the Ecclesiastical History Society, where I’m to give a paper on this particular theme from 1909 to 1949. It concerns the informal advice that archbishops Davidson and Lang gave the Lord Chamberlain on the matter of the licensing (or otherwise) of stage plays. It has been a most intriguing investigation, and reveals a good deal about the position the archbishops had, until quite recently, at the heart of the ‘Establishment’, and how very informally it functioned. I hope to get it into print at some point. The conference programme is online at the EHS site.

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