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J. C. Robertson

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James Craigie Robertson was born in Aberdeen in 1813 and died in Canterbury July 9, 1882. He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1834; M.A., 1838); was vicar of Beckesbourne, near Canterbury, 1846-59; canon of Canterbury, 1859-82; and professor of ecclesiastical history, Kings College, London, 1864-74.

His historical works are of high rank. He wrote How Shall we Conform to the Liturgy of the Church of England? (London, 1843); History of the Christian Church to the reformation (4 vols., 1854-73); Sketches of Church History (1855-78); Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury(1859) and Plain Lectures on the Growth of the Papal Power (1776).


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This very brief overview of Christian history is a condensation of Robertson's multi- volume series on the same subject, The History of the Christian Church from the Apostolic Age to the Reformation. Though not possessing the same depth of the larger work, Sketches is masterfully written and structured in its breadth of information, making it perfectly accessible for interested laypersons and students looking to review. As a scholar of Christian history, Robertson selects information carefully and strategically as to maximize his readers' understanding without overwhelming them with copious amounts of detail.

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