A Field Guide to the English Clergy: An Evening with Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie and Tom Holland

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018
Location: Hatchards Piccadilly

Wednesday 21 November 18:30

Judge not, lest ye be judged.

This timeless wisdom has guided the Anglican Church for hundreds of years, 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 Lancelot 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?

The Reverend Fergus Butler-Gallie is a young curate in the Church of England who once accidentally appeared on Only Connect. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Cambridge. He is (according to his own taxonomy) a Bon Viveur first and foremost, with a soupçon of Roguishness and Prodigality.

A Field Guide to the English Clergy is Fergus’ first book, and Hatchards are delighted to host this evening to celebrate its release. He will be in discussion with Tom Holland, an English writer and popular historian, who has published several works on classical and medieval history.

Tickets available here.

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