Religious Vitality in Victorian London

ISBN : 9780192897404

W.M. Jacob
352 ページ
156 x 234 mm

This innovative book challenges many of the widely held assumptions about the place of religion in Victorian society and in London, the world's first great industrial and commercial metropolis. Against the background of Victorian London it explores the religiosity of Londoners as expressed through the dynamic renewal of traditional faith communities, including Judaism and the historic churches, as well as fresh expressions of religion, including the Salvation Army, Mormons, spiritualism, and the occult. It shows how laypeople, especially the rich and women were mobilised in the service of their faith, and their fellow citizens. Drawing on research in social, economic, oral, cultural, and women's history Jacob argues that religious motivations lay behind concerns that subsequently preoccupied people in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. These include the changing place of women in society, an active concern for social justice, the sexual exploitation of women and children, and provision of education for all classes and all ages. By examining religion broadly, in its social and cultural context and looking beyond conventional approaches to religious history, Religious Vitality in Victorian London illustrates the dynamic significance of religion in society influencing even the expression of secularism.


1 The Context: London, a World City
2 Religion in the World City
3 The Church of England in Victorian London, c. 1837-1856
4 The Church of England in Victorian London, 1857-1901
5 Nonconformity in Victorian London
6 Migrant Religious Groups: Roman Catholics and Judaism
7 New Religious Groups
8 Women and Religion in Victorian London
9 Religion, Philanthropy, and Social Action
10 Religion and Education in Victorian London: Elementary Education
11 Religion and Education in Victorian London: Secondary, Adult, and Higher Education


W.M.Jacob is a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London. He previously taught church history, focusing on the social history of religion, at Salisbury and Wells Theological College, Lincoln Theological College, and the University of Wales Lampeter. His books include Laypeople and Religion in the Early-Eighteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 1996), The Clerical Profession in the Long-Eighteenth Century (OUP, 2007), and The Church in Wales from the Reformation to Disestablishment (University of Wales Press, 2007).