Basil Hume: The Monk Cardinal by Anthony Howard hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Headline, 2005, Hardback in dust wrapper.
4th printing. [First Published: 2005] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;
From the cover: When he died in 1999, Cardinal Basil Hume was mourned not only by the Catholic Church but also by secular Britain. Irrespective of their religious beliefs, people recognised that a great leader had been lost. A leader whose twenty-three year reign as Archbishop of Westminster brought about a state of harmony within his church and society that hadnt been enjoyed for tour centuries.
Born George Haliburton Hume, in 1920s Newcastle, to a Scottish father who had little time for religion and a French mother who was devoutly Catholic, he knew the path he wanted to follow from an early age and could often be found in the nursery, leading his siblings in pretend services. This was confirmed when, aged ten, he entered the Benedictine public school of Ampleforth. He was to spend the bulk of the next forty-three years there, graduating from pupil to monk, to housemaster, to Abbot, before finally taking up his role at Westminster.
But it was not always an easy journey and he experienced dark times facing his own doubts about his faith as well as the doubts of others in his ability. Ultimately, though, nothing could stop his passion and devotion to the things he believed in: whether it be his tireless, and successful, campaign on behalf of the Maguire Seven and the Guildford Four or his lifelong support of Newcastle United Football Club.
Granted unique access to Cardinal Basil Humes private papers and the people who knew him best, Anthony Howards biography is the only authorised study of this truly inspirational man. Not always flattering but consistently honest, it is the story of a humble man who achieved great things simply by following his beliefs.
Good+ in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Leans heavily. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank alongside a small address lable. Text complete, clean and tight.
Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
342 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.
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