Rowan's Rule : The Biography of the Archbishop, Paperback Book

Rowan's Rule : The Biography of the Archbishop Paperback

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Rupert Shortt's celebrated biography of Archbishop Rowan Williams provides a rich assessment of an exceptional but much-maligned churchman as he seeks to steer the Anglican Communion through the stormiest period in its history.

Rowan Williams's decisions have upset both conservatives and progressives alike.

Is he playing a long game, obliged to rate church unity above the pursuit of his own vision?

Written with Dr Williams's cooperation and including lucid summaries of the Archbishop's ideas, Rupert Shortt's book answers this question and many more.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages, 2 x 8pp colour
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Biography: religious & spiritual
  • ISBN: 9780340954331



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The early chapters read like medieval hagiography. The little boy so interested in religion that he convinced his parents to change churches grew up into the young man who was so intelligent that he knew more than his professors, while also writing (wonderful, of course) poetry and plays.It did get better later on, but I can't rid myself of the feeling that it was written to support Rowan Williams rather than to describe him. I know a lot more details than before, but not a lot about who he is.

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