In a period of which so much is known, and of which the materials for additional knowledge are so abundant, as is the case with the eighteenth century, the writer of a handbook sees from the first that a very great deal, of even important matters, will have to be omitted: and one of his chief difficulties will be to decide which topics must be selected in order to give the reader an intelligible and coherent picture – faithful, as far as it goes – of the period as a whole.
Table of Contents
1. Introductory 2. From A.D. 1701 to the Silencing of Convocation in 1717 3. From the Silencing of Convocation in 1717 to the Death of Queen Caroline in 1737 4. From the Death of Queen Caroline in 1737 to the Death of George II in 1760 5. From the Death of George II in 1760 to the Consecration of Two Bishops from America in 1787 6. From the Consecration of Two Bishops for America in 1787 to the End of the Century in 1800 7. Some Leaders of English Thought as Characteristic of the Eighteenth Century INDEX
PLUMMER ALFRED was ordered deacon in 1866, but has never been ordained to the priesthood. He was fellow of Trinity College (1865-75), and was tutor and dean of the same college (1867-74); he was master of University College, Durham (1874-1902), where he was junior proctor of the University of Durham (1875-77), senior proctor (1877-93), and subwarden (1896-1902).