Edward Hicks: Pacifist Bishop at War

The diaries of a World War One Bishop


ISBN: 9780745956558 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780745956558

Publication date: October 17, 2014

Format: Ebook

Extent: 336 pages

Imprint: Lion Books


The story of outspoken pacifist bishop Edward Hicks throws new light on the problems of conscience created by World War One.

Edward Hicks, Bishop of Lincoln, was already regarded as a maverick for his stance on the education of women, teetotalism, social justice, and votes for everyone. He came from a different class to that of most bishops. When war came, he was a rare dissenting voice amidst the Church’s vocal support for its morality.

Acclaimed author G. R. Evans draws upon Hicks’s detailed diaries to reveal Edward Hicks as a man battling with his own conscience and principles, not least at seeing his sons go off to fight – one never to return.

This is a fascinating glimpse into the impact the War had on an individual and those around him, who waited at home – and tried to hold onto their humanity.

Meet the author: Dr G. R. Evans

GR Evans lectures in history in the University of Cambridge. Her books include works on Anselm, Augustine, Gregory the Great and Bernard of Clairvaux.

Reviews for Edward Hicks: Pacifist Bishop at War

"Edward Lee Hicks gets few mentions in the literature of War War One. G.R Evans brings to life of a forgotten hero, one who considered the war to be unjustified... but whose compassion for war participants was genuine. " Bob Holman, author of Woodbine Willie

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