This book examines and analyses the failings of the established Church in nineteenth-century Wales to retain the allegiance of the people of Wales through the appointment of English speaking Anglo-Welsh bishops who failed to understand the character and spirituality of the Welsh people. As a result, there was an increasing demand for the appointment of Welsh-speakers as bishops for the four Welsh sees. The author considers this demand within the context of the political climate of the day and the pressures applied by a vociferous Welsh lobby. The scope of the book goes beyond the ecclesiastical history of Wales and considers the growing awareness of nationality in Wales.
The Reverend Roger Brown is Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for the Advanced Study of Religion in Wales, University of Wales, Bangor. He is also vicar of Welshpool. He has published widely on Welsh ecclesiastical and religious themes.