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A Field Guide to the English Clergy

Narrated by: David Thorpe
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Summary

Judge not, lest ye be judged. This timeless wisdom has guided the Anglican Church, fostering a certain tolerance of eccentricity among its members. Good thing, too. 

The 'Mermaid of Morwenstow' excommunicated a cat for mousing on a Sunday. When he was late for a service, Bishop Launcelot Fleming commandeered a navy helicopter. 'Mad Jack' swapped his surplice for a leopard skin and insisted on being carried around in a coffin. And then there was the man who, like Noah’s evil twin, tried to eat one of each of God’s creatures....

In spite of all this they saw the church as their true calling. After all, who cares if you're wearing red high heels when there are souls to be saved?

©2018 Fergus Butler-Gallie (P)2019 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Margaret
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 20-05-19

What a godly shower.......

I stumbled onto this by accident on a Sunday morning, how appropriate (or not not given some of the characters present) and bought it by accident. Oh goodness!!! What a treat this is. The narrator sounds like he is having trouble not laughing at various points and I could have done with his control when on the bus.
Some of these men are just horrendous, some should have been locked up, all of them would have been a sore trial (in one way or another) to family, friends and parishioners and one was actually hanged. I am sure it must have been so hard to pick the subjects of the book, but the author has done a good job and I was surprised that I had actually heard of more than one of them.
This book is a little gem, doesn't matter what you think about religion (in fact its probably better if you don't think about religion at all) and I have already listened to it again.
Thoroughly recommended.

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priestly vew

loved it as a vicar myself wish I had met these crazy priests would make being a vicar so much more fun

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  • T. B. Gibson
  • 22-02-19

I'm sorry I finished it

I don't know where I am going to find another book nearly as entertaining as this one