Mandell Creighton

Mandell Creighton
Mandell Creighton
Bishop of London
A painting of a gaunt and balding man, with greying hair and a long grey beard, sitting in a wooden chair. He wears a puffy white shirt, a black stole, and a long red robe; he also wears small round glasses, and around his neck is a large gold cross.
Creighton as Bishop of London, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer.
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of London
Elected 1896
Enthroned January 1897
Reign ended 1901 (death)
Predecessor Frederick Temple
Successor Arthur Winnington-Ingram
Other posts Bishop of Peterborough
Dixie Chair of Ecclesiastical History (1884–1891)
Ordination c. 1866
Consecration April 1891
Personal details
Born 5 July 1843(1843-07-05)
Carlisle, Cumbria
Died 14 January 1901(1901-01-14) (aged 57)
Buried St Paul's Cathedral, London
Nationality English
Denomination Anglican
Parents Robert Creighton & Sarah Mandell
Spouse Louise von Glehn (m. 1872)
Children 7 children
Profession Historian
Alma mater Merton College, Oxford

Mandell Creighton (English pronunciation: /ˈmændəl ˈkraɪtən/; 5 July 1843 – 14 January 1901), was an English historian and a bishop of the Church of England. A scholar of the Renaissance papacy, Creighton was the first occupant of the Dixie Chair of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, a professorship that was established around the time that the study of history was emerging as an independent academic discipline. He was also the first editor of the English Historical Review, the oldest English language academic journal in the field of history. Creighton had a second career as a cleric in the Church of England. He served as a parish priest in Embleton, Northumberland and later, successively, as the Bishop of Peterborough and the Bishop of London. His moderation, worldliness and vigour drew praise from Queen Victoria and notice from politicians. It was widely thought at the time that Creighton would have become the Archbishop of Canterbury had he not died at the age of 57.

Creighton's historical work received mixed reviews. He was praised for scrupulous even-handedness, but criticised for not taking a stand against historical excesses. For his part, he was firm in asserting that public figures be judged for their public acts, not private ones. His preference for the concrete to the abstract diffused through his writings on the Church of England as well. He believed that the church was uniquely shaped by its particular English circumstances, and advocated that it reflect the views and wishes of the English people.

Creighton was married to author and future women's suffrage activist Louise Creighton, and the couple had seven children. The Creightons were greatly interested in the education of children and, between the two of them, wrote nearly two dozen school history primers. A man of complex intelligence and exceptional vigour, Mandell Creighton was emblematic of the Victorian era, both in his strengths and in his failings.


Early childhood, 1843-1857

Mandell Creighton was born on 5 July 1843 in the border country city of Carlisle, Cumbria, to Sarah (née Mandell) and Robert Creighton.[1] His father, a carpenter, had built a successful cabinet-making and decorating business on Castle Street, the main thoroughfare in Carlisle.[1] A year later another son, James, was born to the couple and in 1846, a daughter, Mary, who died before the year was out.[1] In 1849, another daughter, Mary Ellen (Polly) was born and the following year Sarah Creighton died unexpectedly.[1] Robert, who never remarried, and never spoke of his wife again, raised the children with help from his unmarried sister who came to live with the family for many years.[1]

Photograph of the Creighton family in Carlisle ca. 1870 when Mandell was 26. Left to right: James, Robert, Mary Ellen (Polly), and Mandell.

A self-made man, Robert Creighton constantly, and somewhat oppressively, exhorted his sons to work;[2] however, he also imbued them with a sense of independence.[2] This later allowed Mandell to make career choices that were unorthodox for his background.[2] For his part, his brother James would join his father's carpentry business, enter local politics, be twice elected mayor of Carlisle, and later become a director of North British Railway.[2] Polly, by contrast, considered her childhood to be "horridly unhappy."[3] Not being able to complete her school education, she never acquired the sophistication that she so greatly valued.[2] The family living quarters, above the shop, were spacious but spartan—there was little decoration and almost no books.[2] As Robert, moreover, was given to losing his temper easily, the children grew up in a household that was dreary, fearful, and culturally barren.[2] Years later Mandell Creighton's wife was to speculate that the absence, in her husband's childhood, of a sense of belong to a family was very likely the result of not having a mother.[2]

Creighton's education began in a nearby dame school, run by a stern headmistress, where his restlessness and mischief often brought him punishment.[4] In 1852, he moved to the local cathedral school.[4] There, under the influence of a charismatic headmaster, the Revd William Bell, he began to read voraciously and to succeed academically.[4] Other students came seeking his help in translating passages from their classical studies; they soon gave him the nickname "Homer" on account of his quickness at construing.[4] In November 1857, he took the King's Scholarship examination for admission to the Durham Grammar School, located some two hundred miles away.[4] As his Carlisle teachers had not prepared him for translation of Latin verse, he left that portion of the exam blank and was certain he had failed.[4] The examiners, however, assessed his overall performance to be good and decided to accept him.[4] In February 1858, the 15-year-old Creighton left Carlisle for Durham.[4]

Durham Grammar School, 1858–1862

The Durham Grammar School required its students to attend services in the eleventh century Durham Cathedral on Sundays and holy days, and the high church ceremony there made a lasting impression on Creighton.[5] It became a focus of his religious life and would later influence his choice of career.[6] Durham's headmaster, Dr Henry Holden, a classical scholar, and an educational reformer, soon began to take an interest in the new student.[5] With Holden's encouragement, Creighton became a prize winner in classical subjects and in English and French.[5] In his last year at Durham, he was promoted to head boy of the school, a position that appealed to his great desire to influence people, especially younger boys.[5] Although he aimed to do this by setting an example with his high moral life, he did not, in an era of universal corporal punishment, hesitate to use the rod.[7] In a letter he wrote to a Durham school monitor after he had left the school, he advised, "Remember, never thrash a fellow a little, always hard: and it is always well that he be thrashed by more than one of the monitors ..."[7]

Durham Cathedral from Durham Grammar School chapel.

Creighton was severely shortsighted, and in addition, suffered from double vision, which forced him to read with one eye closed.[8] Since his visual handicap also limited his participation in vigorous sport, he enthusiastically took to walking.[8] His tours of the countryside, often with companions, a pastime he was to indulge in for the rest of his life, covered over twenty miles a day, lasted several days, and gave him many opportunities to also exercise his abiding curiosity in the local botany and architecture.[8]

In the spring of 1862, Creighton applied unsuccessfully for a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford.[9] He next applied to Merton College, Oxford, for a classical postmastership (as the scholarships there are called).[9] This he was able to secure and in October 1862, he arrived in Oxford.[9] He continued to take great interest in the Durham Grammar School after leaving it.[7] In a hand-me-down family story, he is said, in 1866, to have walked from Oxford to Durham in three days to hear speeches at a school function.[7]

Oxford undergraduate, 1862–1866

Creighton's postmastership of £70 a year was able to cover his tuition at Merton, but not much more.[10] For his other expenses, he had to rely on support from his father whose "manner made it difficult to ask for anything."[10] For most of his time at Merton, he lived economically in attic rooms in the college; in his last year he moved out of college to share rooms with George Saintsbury, the future author and wine critic.[10] Although Creighton's shortsightedness prevented his participation in cricket and football, he joined the college rowing team.[10] He also continued to go on his walks.[10] Walking around Oxford for a few hours in the late afternoon was popular among many students; Creighton, however, organised longer walks, some lasting all day.[10]

Creighton's reading continued to flourish as well, and not just for his studies.[11] Among writers and poets, he was particularly fond of Carlyle, Browning, Tennyson and Swinburne.[11] He read so voraciously that he sometimes stayed at Oxford during his vacations in order to read without disturbance.[11] He was also becoming politically aware; if pressed, he professed a liberalism based on the autonomy of the individual.[11] He joined the Oxford Union, and although he seldom gave public speeches there, he was elected Union president.[11] He especially honed his skills in informal conversations, conducted anywhere and everywhere, about topics great and small, bearing easily the yoke of what Gladstone later was to dub "Oxford's agony,"[11] the habit of seeing, self-importantly, larger than life significance in Oxford's everyday disputes.[12]

Mandell Creighton in 1862 during his first year at Merton College, Oxford.

Creighton came seriously to believe that it was the business of all individuals to influence others to the full extent of their abilities.[11] He sought out others to influence and instruct.[11] Consequently, among his Merton friends, he received the nickname "The Professor", or "P".[11] In his second year, he and three other students became inseparable both during term time and during vacations, forming a group called "The Quadrilateral".[13] The group friendship was intense, like many such in that time, but whether it found physical expression is not known.[14] Although Creighton had a large circle of friends, he did not form any close friendships with women during this time.[13] In his final term, he wrote to a friend, that "ladies in general are very unsatisfactory mental food: they seem to have no particular thoughts or ideas ..."[13]

Academically, Creighton's goal became the pursuit of an honours degree in literae humaniores, a classical studies curriculum that attracted the best students at Oxford.[13] In the final examinations, in the spring of his fourth year, he received a first-class.[13] He then immediately began studying in the School of Law and Modern History during the summer of 1866.[15] Taking the examinations in that School in the Autumn term of 1866, he received a second class, his examiners being of the view that he had not mastered the details enough.[15] However, since the literae humaniores degree was considered the more established one, he was asked by the classics professor, Benjamin Jowett, to apply for a college teaching fellowship.[15] As it turned out, he did not have to; he had decided to accept holy orders, and his own college, Merton, offered him a clerical fellowship with tutorial duties on 22 December 1866.[15]

Teaching and marriage, 1867–1874

During the second half of the 19th century, a number of academic reforms were instituted at the University of Oxford.[16] Chief among these were the new responsibilities given to college tutors.[16] These instructors, whose primary job was to give personalised instruction to undergraduates in order to prepare them for the university's examinations, were now also given lecturing duties within their respective colleges.[16] As the tutors were chosen from distinguished recent graduates, the new teaching staff were more youthful.[17] Religious beliefs were also undergoing an upheaval.[18] Many Victorian intellectuals, who had been raised in Christian households, had, in their adult life, begun to experience religious doubt and were moving in secular directions.[18] Creighton, in contrast, was slowly solidifying his religious beliefs.[17] While his high church views had moderated somewhat, he never had any crisis of confidence.[17] He had no interest in the new natural sciences, and was unmoved to read Darwin, regarding his writings as too much speculation.[17] Creighton's friend Henry Scott Holland wrote of him, "At the close of the [1860s], it seemed to us at Oxford almost incredible that a young don of any intellectual reputation for modernity should be on the Christian side."[17]

Merton College at that time was suffering from student unrest stemming from what was seen as a lack of leadership in the teaching faculty.[19] Many fellows, both resident and non-resident, had become distant presences.[19] As Creighton was popular with students, he was looked upon as someone who would exercise that leadership.[19] He succeeded to a degree. He did this by appealing both to the students' reasoning and to their good sense, and by simultaneously immersing himself among them.[19] He was given more responsibilities. These, in their wake, brought promotions and salary increases.[20] In four years of teaching, his salary had more than doubled.[20] He joined forces with a Merton tutor to open collegiate lectures to students of other colleges and received the College's authorisation.[21] Soon, the Association of Tutors was born, as well as an Oxford-wide series of lectures that any student could attend.[22] The lectures were to influence his choice of future research.[20] He wrote later,

We worked out among us a scheme of lectures covering the whole field (of history), and were the pioneers of the "Intercollegiate Lectures" which now prevail at both universities. The needs of this scheme threw upon me the ecclesiastical, and especially papal history, which no one else took.[23]

Creighton also continued his one-on-one instruction in his rooms.[24] Among his two famous pupils from this period were future statesman Lord Randolph Churchill and Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, Queen Victoria's son.[24]

Mandell Creighton as a Merton College tutorial fellow in 1870, a year before he met Louise.
Louise von Glehn at the time of her engagement to Mandell Creighton, 1871.

Creighton spent many vacations in Europe.[25] He fell in love with Italy, its scenery, its culture, and its people.[25] This led naturally to a fascination with Renaissance Italy, which became his scholarly interest.[25] He had also become an admirer of Walter Pater and the aesthetic movement.[26] His rooms in Oxford were tastefully decorated with William Morris wallpaper and blue china.[26] The furnishings brought admiration from friends as well as requests to view them from acquaintances.[26] Creighton was now leading a life that was a far cry from that of his frugal student days.[26]

Upon his return from a vacation in Europe, in early 1871, Creighton attended a lecture by art critic John Ruskin at the Sheldonian Theatre.[27] After the lecture, he noticed his friend, and future author, Humphry Ward talking to an unfamiliar young woman who was wearing a yellow scarf.[27] Yellow was Creighton's favourite colour; the scarf aroused his interest enough to ask Ward about the woman, whose name, it turned out, was Louise von Glehn.[27] Soon Ward was inviting Creighton and von Glehn to a Valentines Day lunch hosted in his rooms in Brasenose College.[28] Ward himself had some romantic interest in von Glehn though he had also been favouring Mary Arnold, the granddaughter of educator Thomas Arnold of Rugby School and niece of critic Matthew Arnold.[28] In a few weeks, von Glenn found herself won over by Creighton's charm, and before she left Oxford at the end of the month, the two were engaged.[29] They had agreed to be married the following winter; however, as Christmas approached, it was still not certain whether Merton College would waive its requirement of celibacy for its teaching fellows.[30] On Christmas Eve, the college finally relented and elected four married fellows, one of whom was Creighton.[30] Von Glehn and Creighton were married on 8 January 1872 in her home town of Sydenham, Kent.[31] They spent a week honeymooning in Paris before returning to Oxford for Creighton's new teaching term.[31]

Like many Victorian scholars, Mandell Creighton assumed that his wife would be an accessory in his academic pursuits, and that he would have the upper hand in their intellectual relationship.[32] During their courtship, he had written to her:

The nuisance of married life (is that) strive as I may, or as you may, still the practical side of life must be much more prominent to me than to you. I shall have a number of things to do; whereas you sphere will be all within my reach and knowledge, mine on the other hand will not in your reach entirely.[33]

Creighton was leading a busy life both academically and socially. It was not unusual, for example, for the Creightons to be invited out to dinner on four separate nights in the week, invitations that they reciprocated by having at their home what Louise called, "little dinners of six or eight without extra help."[34] In the summer of 1873, the couple took their first trip together to Italy. It was during this trip that Creighton finalised the topic of his life's research: a study of the Renaissance popes.[35] During these years, there were additions to the family as well: a daughter was born to the couple in the autumn of 1872, and another in the summer of 1874.[36] With a growing family and a clear research plan, Creighton now began to doubt the long-term viability of his Merton tutorial fellowship.[36] He felt increasingly that his teaching duties were sapping his stamina for focused intellectual labour.[36] Around this time an opportunity arose for a rural living in a remote parish in coastal Northumberland to which Merton held the right of appointment.[37] Although varying counsel was offered by Louise, by Creighton's married colleagues, by his unmarried colleagues, and even by his students, his mind was made up.[37] When, in November 1874, the college finally offered the position of vicar of the parish of Embleton, Creighton eagerly accepted.[37]

Vicar of Embleton, 1875–1884

The village of Embleton lies on the North Sea coast in Northumberland approximately mid-way between Edinburgh and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.[38] The vicarage—then owned by Merton College and consisting of a fortified pele tower built in the 14th century along with adjoining later additions—was a large establishment with many rooms for Creighton's growing family, their guests, and servants.[38] The parish consisted of a handful of villages and approximately 1700 inhabitants, among whom were farmers, whinstone quarrymen, herring and haddock fishermen, women workers in fish curing yards, and railwaymen.[38] There were also two noblemen at Fallodon Hall and Howick Hall nearby.[39] With the help of a curate paid from his own funds, Creighton established a routine that enabled him to attend both to pastoral duty and to the writing of history.[40] Although the Creightons missed Oxford society and its stimulation, they gradually adapted to their new surroundings.[40] Mandell, and whenever possible, Louise, spent the afternoons visiting the homes of their parishioners, listening to them, giving advice, offering prayers, conducting services for the house bound, and, on occasion, handing out home-made medical remedies.[40] They found their parishioners to be reserved, proud, and independent, but could not help seeing them as lacking in morals.[40] According to author James Covert, "Drunkenness barely surpassed graver vices of fornication and adultery."[40] Their assessment led the Creightons, who were no teetotallers themselves, to found the local chapter of the Church of England temperance society and, in the process, to displease some locals.[41] Louise organised meetings of the Mothers' Union as well as the Girls' Friendly Society, which aimed to empower girls, encouraging them, for example, to stay in school until age fourteen.[41]

"(A good teacher) brings knowledge and his pupil into a vital relationship; and the object of teaching is to establish that relationship on an intelligible basis. This can only be done ... by appealing to two qualities which are at the bottom of all knowledge, curiosity and observation. They are born with us, every child naturally develops them, and it is the duty of the teacher to direct them to proper ends.[42] "

— From Mandell Creighton's Thoughts on Education: Speeches and Sermons (1902)

As the vicarage was large—there were 19 rooms—every summer the Creightons had visitors, among them old Oxford friends as well as relatives.[43] Most visitors stayed at least overnight. In one year, 69 visitors were recorded in the family visitors' book.[43] Creighton's own family was growing: four more children were born during the Embleton years, and all were home schooled, mostly by Louise.[44] Creighton, who took great interest in the parish schools, served as examiner for other schools in the region, and began to crystallise his ideas on the education of children.[45] He was also elected to local government bodies such as the Board of Guardians, which enacted poor laws in the region, as well as the local sanitary authority.[45] In 1879, he accepted his first leadership position in the Church of England: he was appointed rural dean of the Deanery of Alnwick, responsible for supervision of the clergy in neighbouring parishes.[46] Later, he was appointed examining chaplain for the Bishop of Newcastle, Ernest Roland Wilberforce, and tasked with examining candidates for holy orders.[46]

During their ten years in Embleton, the Creightons—he in his 30s and she, for the most part, in her 20s—between the two of them, wrote fifteen books.[47] They both wrote history books for young people;[47] in addition, Louise wrote an unsuccessful novel, and Mandell wrote the first two volumes of his magnum opus, The History of the Papacy in the Period of Reformation.[48] In the Papacy volumes, Creighton advocated the view that the turbulence of the reformation was made inevitable by the Popes by their obstruction of the milder parliamentary reforms that had been proposed earlier.[49] The books were well received and were commended for their even-handed approach.[49] Lord Acton, who reviewed the books in the Academy and who was aware that the books were written over a few years in a northern vicarage far from the centres of scholarship,[50] wrote:

The history of increasing depravity and declining faith, of reforms earnestly demanded, feebly attempted, and deferred too long, is told by Mr. Creighton with a fullness of accuracy unusual in works which are the occupation of a lifetime.[50]

Creighton also wrote dozens of book-reviews and scholarly articles.[51] Among them were his first forays into the role of the Church of England in the life of the nation.[52] Throughout the 19th century, the Church of England had suffered erosion of membership.[52] In the mid-century, many scholars such as educator Thomas Arnold had asserted the identity of the church and the nation;[52] however, as the century entered its last two decades, Creighton was among a small minority who were still asserting the same.[52]

In 1884, Creighton was asked to apply for the newly created professorship of ecclesiastical history, the Dixie chair, at the University of Cambridge and a concurrent fellowship at Emmanuel College.[53] His application proved successful,[54] and on 9 November 1884, Creighton preached his last sermon at Embleton church.[52] Later, he was to write, "At Embleton I spent ten years, and I have no hesitation in saying that they were the ten happiest years of my life."[52] His parishioners, for their part, found it difficult to express their feelings openly; said one woman, "Well, if you ain't done no good, you've done no harm."[52]

Cambridge professor, 1885–1891

Mandell Creighton with three of his daughters (from left to right), Lucia, Beatrice, and Mary, in 1888. The Creightons' fourth daughter and seventh child, Gemma, born the previous year, is not shown.

On their arrival in Cambridge in late November 1884, the Creightons were swamped with invitations to social engagements,[55] allowing Mandell, in due course, to make the rounds of the senior common rooms in the various colleges,[56] an activity he thoroughly enjoyed. Interaction with academic society after an interregnum of ten years led to new friendships, especially for Louise;[55] one such new acquaintance, Beatrice Webb, was to become Louise's firm lifelong friend.[55] Although Creighton had already corresponded with fellow historian Lord Acton, he soon met him in person, as he did other Cambridge notables, such as Robertson Smith, the Hebrew and Arabic scholar, and Alfred Marshall, the economist.[57] Old friends and relatives visited as well, even though the Cambridge house was nowhere near as spacious as the Embleton vicarage.

At the time of Creighton's arrival in Cambridge a dispute had come to a head over the scope of the bachelor's honours examination, or the tripos, in History and Theology.[57] The History tripos had been created by historian John Seeley who held that history was really political history, an essential part of the training of public servants, and had stated tersely, "history is the school of statesmanship."[57] Opposing him, reformers such as historian George Walter Prothero, and Henry Melvill Gwatkin, Creighton's successor to the Dixie chair, advocated a broader and more scientific approach to history.[57] In spring 1885, the board of historical studies in Cambridge met to consider reforms.[58] Although Creighton did not take active part in the discussions, he sided with the reformers, and a compromise was reached which emphasized the reading of primary sources in the students' historical subjects of interest.[58]

"I turn to the past to learn its story without any preconceived opinion what that story may be. I do not assume that one period or one line of study is more instructive than another, but I am ready to recognise the real identity of man's aspiration at all times. Some episodes in history are regarded as profoundly modern; others are dismissed contemptuously as concerned with trifles. In some ages there are great heroes, in others the actors are sunk in indolence and sloth. For my own part I do not recognise this great distinction."

— From, "The teaching of ecclesiastical history", Inaugural lecture, Dixie Chair of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge, 23 January 1885.[59]

Creighton lectured twice a week at the university, preparing extensively, but lecturing extemporaneously.[60] He also preached in the Emmanuel College Chapel.[61] A colleague said of his preaching style, "He did not care for eloquence, indeed he despised it; what he aimed at was instruction, and for this he always looked more to principles than facts."[61] He lectured more informally to undergraduates at Emmanuel College once a week.[60] He supported Cambridge's two new women's colleges, Newnham and Girton, and taught informal weekly classes at Newnham.[60] Two students from those classes, Mary Bateson and Alice Gardner, later became professional historians, both were mentored by Creighton during their early careers.[60]

In spring 1885, Creighton accepted an offer from the Prime Minister, William Gladstone, of a residentiary canonry at Worcester Cathedral.[61] As the residency requirement of three months could be met during Cambridge vacations, the Creighton family settled into an annual routine of six moves between Cambridge and Worcester, a distance of over 100 miles.[62] The Worcester experience led Creighton to consider how the relationship of competition between a cathedral and its diocesan parish churches could be turned into one of cooperation, a subject on which he would write scholarly articles.[63] By providing an introduction to the grim realities of city life, Worcester, moreover, awakened Creighton's social consciousness.[63] He joined the Worcester Diocesan Penitentiary Association and was moved by the plight of prison inmates.[63] In a sermon at the Sanitary Congress of Worcester in 1889, he spoke eloquently about the effect of a harsh physical life on the moral life,[63]

... the unwholesome air of the factory, the crowded workshop, the ill-ventilated room, all those things rob the body of its vigour, how they must also act upon the soul! ... uncleanliness, hatred, variance, drunkenness, revelling. Do not these things, think you, come largely from, and are they not greatly affected by, the physical conditions under which life is lived?[63]

At the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Harvard University in November 1886, Creighton, accompanied by Louise, represented Emmanuel College—founder John Harvard's alma mater.[64] During the extended visit, they met prominent American men of letters, including the historian of the American West, Francis Parkman; historian of art, Charles Eliot Norton; president of Harvard, Charles W. Eliot; first president of Johns Hopkins University, Daniel C. Gilman; supreme court justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; and poet and critic James Russell Lowell.[64] On November 8, 1886, Creighton received an honorary degree from Harvard.[64]

In February 1887, volumes 3 and 4 of Creighton's History of the Papacy were published by Longmans.[65] These volumes narrowed the focus to specific popes, chiefly, Sixtus IV, Alexander VI, and Julius II.[65] In his trademark approach of maintaining historiographical balance and considering individuals to be very much mired in their historical eras, Creighton did not single out anyone for especial condemnation, even Alexander VI, whose great disrepute, Creighton felt, was "largely due to the fact that he did not add hypocrisy to his other vices."[66] Earlier, in 1885, Creighton had agreed to become the first editor of a new journal, the English Historical Review.[67] Now, he requested Acton to review his two volumes for the journal.[65] The review Actorn wrote was not only hostile, but, in Creighton's view, also obscure.[65] In the following weeks, there were contentious exchanges between the two men, polarising eventually into their two views of history, Acton's normative approach versus Creighton's more relativist one.[65] It was in one of these exchanges that Acton penned three memorable sentences, one of which was to become an oft-quoted modern dictum. "Historical responsibility," wrote Acton, "has to make up for the want of legal responsibility. Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority."[65] Acton's attack, however, did lead Creighton to rethink his own position somewhat.[65] In an 1895 paper, he would write that the papacy, "which had been established for the promotion of morality" had in fact "provided the means for the utmost immorality."[66]

Bishop of Peterborough, 1891–1896

Mandell Creighton in the garden of the bishop's palace at Peterborough, 1893

In December 1890, Creighton received a letter from Lord Salisbury, the Prime Minister, offering an appointment to a residentiary canonry of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in exchange for his appointment at Worcester.[68] Since a Windsor appointment indicated the personal preference of the British sovereign, and since the Creightons were wary of court culture, the letter gave them pause.[68] However, after some hesitation, Creighton accepted.[68] No sooner had he and his family reconciled to moving back and forth between their Cambridge home and Windsor Castle six times a year, Creighton received another letter from Salisbury offering appointment as Bishop of Peterborough, an office which had become available upon the translation of its incumbent William Connor Magee to York.[68] Creighton was chosen because his love for ritual had created an impression among others that he had a high church outlook;[69] the Peterborough diocese had many high churchmen, and it was felt that Creighton would be a good fit.[69] In fact, Creighton was doctrinally quite broad church;[69] his moderate views would later make him popular with Queen Victoria.[69]

For Creighton, the Peterborough appointment, which he felt duty-bound to accept, meant the effective end of his academic life.[70] There is indication that the Creightons were depressed at the prospect of leaving Cambridge;[70] in the case of Louise, the depression was to last long.[71] Creighton felt that his life from then on would become one of offering easy comfort to others.[69] In a letter to an old college friend, he wrote, "No man could have less desire than I for the office of bishop. Nothing save the cowardliness of shirking from responsibility and the dread of selfishness led me to submit ..."[72]

"The tolerant man has decided opinions, but recognises the process by which he reaches them, and keeps before himself the truth that they can only be profitably spread by repeating in the case of others a similar process to that through which he passed himself. He always keeps in view the hope of spreading his own opinions, but he endevours to do so by producing conviction. He is virtuous, not because he puts his own opinions out of sight, nor because he thinks that other opinions are as good as his own, but because his opinions are so real to him that he would not anyone else hold them with less reality ..."

— From, Mandell Creighton, Persecution and Tolerance, Hulsean Lectures, University of Cambridge, Winter 1893–94

A few weeks before Creighton's consecration as bishop, at Westminster Abbey, in late April 1891, he fell ill with muscular rheumatism.[70] Soon after his enthronement at Peterborough Cathedral in mid-May 1891, he fell ill again, this time with influenza.[73] Each time, the recovery was prolonged.[73] The Peterborough diocese, then comprising 676 parishes and including the cities of Leicester and Northampton, offered a vast ecclesiastical challenge.[74] Creighton met it in the manner he had employed in Embleton: he proceeded to visit every corner.[74] Travelling by train to distant parishes, staying overnight with the parish priests, and conducting services in their churches, Creighton spent very little time at home with his family during the first year.[74] However, his immersion among the clergy, his treatment of them as equals, and his efficiency in attending to their concerns, led to his increasing popularity.[75] The experience also helped him to work out his doctrinal stance.[75] Although he was personally liberal, he came firmly to believe that to be English was to be Anglican,[75] and led him to regard dissenters as having lost their way, and Roman Catholics as disloyal.[75]

Creighton also became determined to better understand the working-classes of his diocese.[75] The Leicester boot-and-shoe trade strike of 1895, which began in March as a lockout of 120,000 workers by employers, gave him just such an opportunity.[76] Creighton wrote an open letter to his clergy, impressed them of the gravity of the situation, and urged them to work impartially to facilitate communication between the opposing sides.[76] According to author James Covert, "Creighton's tactic was to serve as conduit for all bargaining parties, sharing information and feelings derived from his local clergy, who, being on the spot, possessed insights and sympathies that needed to be known and expressed."[76] By late April, a compromise was reached for which Creighton reaped much praise as well as a growing reputation as a statesman.[76]

A year earlier, in 1894, the fifth, and as it would turn out, the last, volume of Creighton's History of Papacy in the Period of Reformation, entitled The German Revolt, 1517–1527, which covered the history up to the Sack of Rome in 1527, was published by Longman.[77] Creighton had found little time to devote to its writing, and critics generally expressed disappointment in the product.[77] Although he had originally planned to continue the history up to the final session of the Council of Trent in 1563, Creighton did not now feel up to the task.[77] As the volumes did not cover the period claimed in their title, the publisher, in 1897, brought out a second edition titled, A History of the Papacy from the Great Schism to the Sack of Rome, 1378–1527 reflecting the reduced scope.[77] Creighton, nonetheless, remained a popular lecturer. During his Peterborough years, he gave a number of lectures, most published later in book form, their titles reflecting his diverse intellectual interests.[77] Among his addresses were the Hulsean Lectures at Cambridge in the winter of 1893–94 on "Persecution and Tolerance", the 1895 Rede Lecture at Cambridge on "The Early Renaissance in England", the 1896 Romanes Lecture at Oxford on "The English National Character", and his 1896 address at Westminster Abbey on "Saint Edward the Confessor."[77]

In 1896, Creighton represented the Church of England at the coronation of Czar Nicholas II in Moscow.[78] Creighton was chosen after the Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward White Benson begged off citing ill-health, and offered the same excuse for Randall Davidson, the Bishop of Winchester, who as Prelate of the Order of the Garter was the usual official standby.[78] His selection as ostensible third in line led to much speculation and controversy in church circles.[78] A lover of pageantry, Creighton wore a bishop's coronation cope, borrowed from Westminster Abbey, and carried his own mitre and pastoral staff for the event.[78] On his return, he wrote a glowing account of the coronation in Cornhill Magazine, which, after gaining the attention of Queen Victoria, brought a letter from her requesting several copies for the royal family.[78]

Bishop of London, 1897–1901

Caricature of Mandell Creighton, the newly appointed Bishop of London, in Vanity Fair, April 1897.

On 28 October 1896, a few days after the death of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Edward White Benson, Creighton received a letter from the British prime minister, Lord Salisbury, asking if he would accept the office of the Bishop of London, which had become vacant.[79] There were rumours at the time that the offer had come with the promise of an eventual Archbishopric of Canterbury.[79] In January 1897, Creighton was translated to the See of London in an enthronement ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral.[79]

Among prelates, Creighton was sometimes regarded with suspicion, even considered too scholarly or too frivolous; however, his star had risen rapidly in government and court circles, in part, due to his worldliness.[79] Although ecclesiastical high office had been thrust upon him and disrupted his academic career, Creighton now felt comfortable about the prospects of rising to its pinnacle, holding out hope for a return to scholarly endeavours at the end.[80] There were other perks too: at a stroke, his annual salary had doubled to £10,000, a comfortable sum in those days.[81] The large rambling Fulham Palace, the Creightons' new residence, proved popular with their immediate and extended family and their numerous visitors.[80]

One of Creighton's first efforts after becoming Bishop of London was to support the passage of the Voluntary School Bill of 1897.[82] Some thirty years earlier, the Elementary Education Act of 1870 had established non-denominational elementary schools, also called board schools, which were funded by local taxes.[82] Religious schools, also called "voluntary schools" had, however, not received this support.[82] The bill asked for extension of taxpayer support to the voluntary schools.[82] In March 1897, Creighton addressed the House of Lords in support of the bill,[82] which was eventually passed by both Houses of Parliament.[83] Creighton felt strongly that all religious instruction be denominational.[83] In a letter to the London district school boards, he wrote, "We only ask that the wishes of the parents be consulted about [religious] education of their children, and that every child in England should receive instruction in the religious beliefs of the denomination to which his parents belong."[84] Around this time, Creighton also helped return the logbook of the ship Mayflower to the United States.[81] The logbook had remained in the library at Fulham Palace since the American Revolution, having been brought there by some loyalists.[81] For his effort, Creighton was made an honorary member of the American Antiquarian Society.[81]

"I do not wish to command so much as to persuade. I wish to induce people to see themselves as others see them, to regard what they are doing in reference to its far-off effects on the consciences of others, to cultivate a truer sense of proportion of things, to deal more with ideas than with the clothing of ideas; to pay more attention to the reason of a thing than to its antiquity; to remember that the chief danger that besets those who are pursuing a high object is to confuse means with ends; to examine themselves very fully, lest they confuse Christian zeal with the desire to have their own way ..."

— Mandell Creighton, Bishop of London, at the Diocesan Conference, April 1899.

By 1898, Creighton was increasingly occupied with a debate over ritual practice in the Diocese of London, and in the Church of England more generally.[85] On his arrival in London, he had discovered that low church clergy in his diocese were taking exception to the ritual practices of some high churchmen, practice which indicated Roman Catholic influence.[85] The controversy had begun in the wake of the Oxford Movement, which had created a Catholic revival within the Anglican church, prominent among which were the Anglo-Catholics.[85] One of the radical low churchmen, the evangelical cleric, John Kensit, had protested that Creighton himself had on occasion worn a cope and carried a mitre, and requested that he take a more definite public stance against high church rituals, such as the use of candles and incense.[85] Creighton, who preferred to work behind the scenes, did engage many high church clergy.[86] Although he seemed to subscribe to a broad branch theory, that the real Catholic Church was collection of national churches, which included the Church of England, the Church of Rome, and the Eastern Orthodox Church, he was firm about asserting Anglican doctrine—that liturgical practice, beyond that involving, what he termed, "permissible liberty," conform to that in the Book of Common Prayer.[86] In a circular letter to his clergy, he wrote:

It is absolutely necessary that nothing should be done which affects the due performance of the Church as laid down in the Book of Common Prayer, and that any additional service which are used should conform entirely to the spirit and intention of the Prayer Book.[87]

However, this still did not seem to satisfy Kensit and his more vocal evangelical supporters, who threatened to create more public disruption.[88] Eventually, the Church of England's two archbishops, of Canterbury and York, held a hearing in Lambeth Palace, and, in August 1899, ruled against the use of candles and incense, a seeming victory for the low church forces.[88] The wider doctrinal conflict, though, was to continue beyond both the Victorian and Edwardian ages.[88]

Throughout this time, Creighton conducted the endless business that came with his large diocese. In one year, he was recorded to have given 294 formal sermons and addresses. He made trips to Windsor Castle and Sandringham to conduct services for Queen Victoria. In 1897, he organised a special service of thanksgiving outside St Paul's in commemoration of her Diamond Jubilee.[89] His prominent office, moreover, brought other responsibilities. He was appointed to the Privy Council;[81] he became a trustee of the British Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and a host of other organisations.[81]

Creighton's health, which had lately not been strong, was now worrying his family and friends.[90] Starting in 1898, he had begun to experience bouts of stomach pain.[90] By 1899, these had increased in severity, and by the summer of 1900, his doctors suspected a stomach tumour.[90] He was operated on twice in December of that year, however, the surgeries were not successful.[90] In early January he experienced two severe stomach haemorrhages and his condition rapidly declined.[90] Mandell Creighton died on Monday, 14 January 1901, aged 57.[90]


Mandell Creighton was buried in the Chapel of the Order of the British Empire in the eastern end of the crypt at St Paul's Cathedral.

On Thursday, 17 January 1901, after an elaborate funeral in St Paul's Cathedral attended by royalty, politicians, academics, and ordinary people, Creighton's body was interred in the crypt by the Archbishop of Canterbury.[91] It was the first time in 280 years that a Bishop of London was buried in St Paul's.[91] Obituaries in contemporary newspapers and scholarly journals hailed him as one of England's great historians as well as a prelate of remarkable integrity.[91] The Quarterly Review, for example, remarked, "It is certainly rare to find so much intellectual force and so high a standard of conduct combined in one man."[91]

A memorial to Creighton can also be found in Peterborough Cathedral just north of the sanctuary in the form of a substantial mosiac depicting his effigy, details of his life and the mottos "I determined not to know anything among you save Jesus Christ" and "He tried to write true history."

Today, Creighton is better known as a historian than as a church official.[92] Creighton's work is seen as part of an era in British historiography. Many of the milestones of Creighton's academic life, such as founding of the English Historical Review in 1886, with himself as the first editor, are those of the era as well.[93] According to historian Philippa Levine:

The Review was the culmination of a series of related developments central to the asserting of the primacy of the professional historian. In 1884 a highly distinguished trio of men had all been rewarded with academic preferment: Mandell Creighton became the first Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, E. A. Freeman succeeded his friend Stubbs in the Regius Professorship of Modern History at Oxford and the legal historian Frederick Maitland became reader in English Law at Cambridge. The following year the reform of the Historical Tripos in Cambridge and the division of Oxford's arts faculty into the three areas of literae humaniores, oriental languages and modern history declared that history had finally won academic respect as an autonomous area of study.[93]

"Few men, I imagine, who become great started on their career with the intention of becoming so. The intention generally accompanies the unsuccessful. The secret of real greatness seems to be a happy knack of doing things as they come in your way; and they rarely present themselves in the form which careful preparation would enable you to deal with."

— Mandell Creighton, "Heroes." Address given to the Social and Political Education League, 4 November 1898.[94]

Creighton is considered to be one of the first British historians with a distinctly European outlook. Of his magnum opus, History of the Papacy in the Period of the Reformation, R. J. W. Evans writes, "(It) constitutes one of the first great attempts to introduce the British to explicitly modern and European history."[95] However, overall, Creighton and his peers, left a heterogeneous legacy. On the one hand, Creighton was a painstakingly balanced scholar; even his critic Lord Acton would use "sovereign impartiality" to describe Creighton's strength.[96] Creighton saw himself as interested in actions, in contrast to Acton, whom he saw as interested in ideas.[97] Although Creighton did not personally consider the popes to be guiltless (for example, amidst writing the third papacy volume, he wrote, in a letter to a friend, that working on the Borgias was like "spending one's day in a low police court"), Creighton was emphatic that public men be judged for their public and not private acts.[97] In an essay, "Historical ethics", published after his death, he wrote, "I like to stand upon clear grounds which can be proved and estimated. I do not like to wrap myself in the garb of outraged dignity because men in the past did things contrary to the principles which I think soundest in the present."[97] On the other hand, Creighton's historical outlook, as well as that of his historian peers, bore the cultural and social stamp of their position."[98] According to historians Robert Harrison, Aled Jones, and Peter Lambert, "Their emphasis on the Englishness of Britain's key institutions, for instance, effectively excluded non-English ethnic groups from the 'chief part,' as Creighton had put it, of history's subject."[98]

The emphasis on concreteness and reality would remain a feature of his career as a prelate. Creighton saw the Church of England not as an abstract entity existing independently in space and time, but as rooted in England, its people, and their history.[99] In the words of Kenneth Robbins, "It was an unashamed acknowledgment on (Creighton's) part that the form, structure, ethos and doctrine of that church had been fashioned in the circumstances of English history."[99] Similarly, Creighton saw the living church as an embodiment of the current yearnings of the English people.[100] "(The) general trend of the Church", he wrote, "must be regulated by (the English people's) wishes. The Church cannot go too far from them."[100] Consequently, Creighton could imbue the church with Victorian self-assessments and aspirations. "The function of the Church of England", he was comfortable saying, "was to be a church of free men. The Church of Rome was the church of decadent peoples: it lives only in the past, and has no future ... The Church of England has before it the conquest of the world."[100] As a natural corollary of this outlook, Creighton was explicitly against the separation of church and state.[101] In his way of thinking, church and state were two aspects of the nation as seen from two vantage points.[101] Any attempt at legislating a separation would, in addition, have caused social disruptions in late-Victorian Britain: many higher clergy had ties of education and friendship with prominent public men.[101]

During his lifetime Creighton had received honorary doctorates from a number of institutions, among them Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Trinity College, Dublin. A few years after his death, the Creighton lecture was established at King's College, London.[92] The lecture series celebrated its centenary in 2007.[92]


Creighton was a man of complex, and sometimes baffling, intelligence. Philosopher Edward Caird, a fellow at Merton during Creighton's student days there, had said of him, "Creighton possesses common sense in a degree which amounts to genius."[102] Later, at Cambridge, some colleagues were perplexed by his personality. When teaching or transacting academic business during the day he displayed a shrewd, canny intelligence;[56] however, at social gatherings he was unceasingly outrageous and flippant, to the attendant delight of his students.[56] His relationship with Louise too was not easily characterised. In the months after the Peterborough appointment, husband and wife would frequently quarrel, sometimes bitterly, as a niece would later recall.[70] But the couple could also be surprisingly affectionate: during this same time, a nephew espied Louise locked in passionate embrace with the Bishop in the latter's study.[70] Creighton could be stern with his seven children, on one occasion tying a daughter to a table's leg with a rope to aid her in recognising her folly.[103] However, he could also romp around the house with them, engage in horseplay, and make up nonsensical stories—all of which, many years later, they would consider the highlights of their childhood.[104]

Controversy seemed to trail him during his prelacies as well. He loved pageantry, creating speculation that he had high church views.[86] However, when a high church priest protested that incense was needed for curing souls, Creighton burst out, "And you think that souls like herring cannot be cured without smoke?"[105] His moderate views—equally opposed to radical evangelicals and conservative Anglo-Catholics—endeared him to Queen Victoria.[106] Creighton's work ethic, though, was anything but moderate. He seldom refused offers of additional responsibility, confessing more than once to both an abiding fatalism about being saddled with more responsibility and guilt about shirking from it.[80] Perhaps recognising this, a canon of St Paul's, while welcoming Creighton to the diocese of London in 1897, ominously remarked, "It is a frightful burden to lay on you: I hope you will use up everybody except yourself."[79]

Throughout his life, Creighton went on long walks (his "rambles," as he liked to call them). When the children grew older, the family's outdoor pastime of choice became hockey. Many visiting clergy in Fulham Palace found themselves unable to refuse Creighton's enthusiastic invitations to join in.[83] The Creightons were inveterate travellers, spending many vacations in Italy. During their six years in Peterborough, for instance, they made nine foreign trips.[107] Creighton was also a life-long chain smoker. When author Samuel Butler, who had little sympathy for churchmen, received a letter in 1893 inviting him to visit the Creighton family in Peterborough, he was immediately put at ease upon discovering some tobacco that had been thoughtlessly left in the envelope by the Bishop of Peterborough.[107]


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  • Bentley, Michael (2006), Modernizing England's Past: English Historiography in the Age of Modernism, 1870–1970 (The Wiles Lectures), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 253, ISBN 0521602661 
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  • Covert, James, ed. (1998), A Victorian Family: As Seen Through the Letters of Louise Creighton to Her Mother, 1872–1880, Edwin Mellen Press. Pp. 343, ISBN 0773485007 
  • Covert, James Thayne (2004), "Louise Hume Creighton (1850–1936)", in Matthew, H. C. G.; Harrison, Brian, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/38640 
  • Creighton, Louise (1913), Life and letters of Mandell Creighton D.D. Oxon and Cam., Sometime Bishop of London, Two Volumes in One, London, New York, Bombay and Calcutta: Longman Green and Co. Pp. xiii, 547, 
  • Crowder, C. M. D. (2004), "Mandell Creighton (1843–1901)", in Matthew, H. C. G.; Harrison, Brian, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford: Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32626 
  • Jann, Rosemary (1983), "From Amateur to Professional: The Case of the Oxbridge Historians", The Journal of British Studies (The University of Chicago Press) 22 (2): 122–147, doi:10.1086/385807, JSTOR 175676 
  • Lambert, Peter; Schofield, Phillipp, eds. (2004), Making History: An Introduction to the History and Practices of a Discipline, Routledge. Pp. 328, ISBN 0415242554 
  • Soffer, Reba N. (1995), Discipline and Power: The University, History, and the Making of an English Elite, 1870–1930, Palo Alto: Stanford University Press. Pp. 324, ISBN 0804723834 
  • Woolf, D. R. (1998), "English Historiography—Modern (since 1700)", in Woolf, Daniel R., A Global Encyclopedia of Historical Writing, London: Routledge. Pp. 1096, pp. 276–283, ISBN 0815315147 

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  • Creighton — (spr. krët n), Mandell, engl. Geschichtschreiber, geb. 5. Juli 1843, gest. 14. Jan. 1901, studierte in Oxford, wurde 1866 Lehrer der Geschichte daselbst, 1875 Pfarrer in Embleton in Northumberland, 1879 Dekan in Alnwick, 1882 Kanonikus von… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Creighton —   [ kraɪtn], Mandell, britisch anglikanischer Theologe und Historiker, * Carlisle 5. 7. 1843, ✝ London 14. 1. 1901; wurde 1884 Professor der Kirchengeschichte in Cambridge, 1891 Bischof von Peterborough und 1897 von London; Veröffentlichungen zur …   Universal-Lexikon

  • CREIGHTON, MANDELL —    bishop of London, born at Carlisle; previously bishop of Peterborough; has written on Simon de Montfort, on Wolsey, and on the Tudors and the Reformation, but his great work is the History of the Papacy from the Great Schism to the Sack of… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Creighton, Mandell — (1843 1901)    Churchman and historian, b. at Carlisle, and ed. at Durham Grammar School and Merton Coll., Oxf., he took orders, and was presented to the living of Embleton, Northumberland, in 1875, where, in addition to zealous discharge of… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Крейтон М. — Mandell Creighton Манделль Крейтон (англ. Mandell Creighton), (5 июля 1843 14 января 1901) английский историк и священнослужитель. Родился в Карлайле в семье Роберта Крейтона, богатого обойщика. Был старшим сыном. Учился в даремской… …   Википедия

  • Крейтон Манделль — Mandell Creighton Манделль Крейтон (англ. Mandell Creighton), (5 июля 1843 14 января 1901) английский историк и священнослужитель. Родился в Карлайле в семье Роберта Крейтона, богатого обойщика. Был старшим сыном. Учился в даремской… …   Википедия

  • Манделль Крейтон — Mandell Creighton Манделль Крейтон (англ. Mandell Creighton), (5 июля 1843 14 января 1901) английский историк и священнослужитель. Родился в Карлайле в семье Роберта Крейтона, богатого обойщика. Был старшим сыном. Учился в даремской… …   Википедия

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