By C.T. McIntire

Herbert Butterfield (1900-1979) was once a massive British historian and non secular philosopher whose principles, particularly his proposal of a "Whig interpretation of history", stay deeply influential. during this highbrow biography - the 1st finished examine of Butterfield - C.T. McIntire specializes in the artistic approaches that lay at the back of Butterfield's highbrow accomplishments. Drawing on his investigations into Butterfield's substantial and numerous output of released and unpublished paintings, McIntire explores Butterfield's rules and strategies. He describes Butterfield's lifelong devotion to his Methodist religion and indicates how his Christian spirituality lively his old paintings. He additionally lines the topic of dissent that ran via Butterfield's lifestyles and paintings, providing a guy who chanced on himself at odds with winning convictions approximately background, morality, politics, faith, and instructing, a guy who increased the idea of dissent into an ethic of dwelling in stress with any proven process.

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We do not know what he said, but we do know that the coach liked the essay and passed it on to a Peterhouse Fellow, possibly Temperley himself, if not Vellacott, and the essay apparently circulated among other Fellows. Butterfield learned from leakage long after the event that the essay had revolutionized his reputation in the college. Relieved that they had not awarded a college entrance scholarship to a fool, the gentleman Fellows swung to the opposite pole. They began to mentioned his name in their gossip about additions to their number.

Instinctively he remembered that he should not name the book they used at Keighley. He replied by muttering the name of J. R. Green’s History of England, a book he had read from his father’s shelves, probably a legacy from the mill master. ’’ He was devastated. With Herbert’s successes, the headmaster moved resolutely onto his side and suggested that he try for admission to one of the colleges in Cambridge University. It was probably Watson who recommended the entrance scholarship examination at Peterhouse, a college with a reputation for history.

H. Allen Riggall, the minister at Oxenhope from 1915 to 1918, guided him towards lay preaching. In later life Butterfield remembered preaching for the first time when he was about sixteen. He may have had opportunities to preach before the spring of 1918, when, at age seventeen, he formally passed the Methodist examinations which admitted him to standing as a lay preacher ‘‘on trial’’. He achieved full status 14 Aspirations one year later, in the summer of 1919, just before he left Oxenhope for Peterhouse.

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