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This newly updated edition of Rupert Shortt's celebrated biography of Rowan Williams provides a sympathetic but clear-eyed assessment of the remarkable, gifted and much-maligned former leader of the Anglican Church.


Rowan's Rule by Rupert Shortt

Always a controversial figure, Rowan Williams's decisions upset both conservatives and progressives alike. Written with Rowan Williams's cooperation, Rupert Shortt gives a compelling portrait of a private and in some ways surprisingly vulnerable man.


through it shines the warmth and breadth of Rowan's personality . . . A man of very many parts who will continue to enrich us all - ad so well worth taking time to read about * Reflections * [An] excellent, newly updated biography * Oxford Today * This is a beautifully crafted, 500-page plus biography of the man who served as Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012.. . . If the subject interests you, investment of time in this tome will serve you well. * Christianity Magazine * With the fully revised and updated edition Rupert Shortt should be commended for his work in writing a biography of the complex, thoughtful and deeply spiritual man that is Rowan Williams. -- John Theaker * Together Magazine * In his own defence of theism, Williams appeals to the imagination as putting human life in a fresh perspective. * The Telegraph Online * The lasting memory of Williams may be of a great public intellectual who made Christianity sound exciting and credible -- Mark Chapman * The Tablet * It's an interesting 580-page book, especially for those with a curiosity about theology. -- Terry Sutton * The Dover Express & Folkstone Herald * The job of Archbishop of Canterbury - pope-like in its trappings, but without the commensurate authority to impose doctrine - is simply undoable. Which is, by and large what this thorough, readable biography demonstrates - undoable certainly by a man of Rowan Williams
gifts and character. Short, the religion editor of the TLS, and no slouch himself as a theologian, is unashamedly as fan of his subject and of Williams

'to evoke the transcendent in a secular climate' . . . Shortt gives us much to admire about Williams . . . This, though is no hagiography, and so weaknesses as well as strengths are confronted unflinchingly. Overall, it provides an intriguing picture of a complex man. * The Daily Telegraph * He's freer to express his opinions than when he was as the Archibishop of Canterbury. -- Jumoke Fashola * BBC Radio London * In an updated version of his biography, Rowan's Rule, to be released next week, Lord Williams is asked by the author Rupert Shortt whether the church's current position needs to change . . . The biography also reveals that Lord Wililams, who is now master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, feared that his opposition to gay rights while in office could jeopardise his attempts at securing work afterwards . . . The extent of the despair Lord Williams felt in office is revealed in Rowan's Rule, including his telling a colleague after a bishops

'I can't tell you how much I hate this job.' * The Times *

About the Author

Rupert Shortt is Religion Editor of The Times Literary Supplement and a Visiting Fellow of Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He has contributed to a range of publications, including The Times, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian. His books include Rowan's Rule - The Biography of the Archbishop, Rowan Williams: An Introduction, God's Advocates: Christian Thinkers in Conversation and Benedict XVI: Commander of the Faith.

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Publication date

17th July 2014


Rupert Shortt

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Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


624 pages


Biography / Autobiography
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