Spectator Reviews New Campion Book

In this week’s Spectator there is a review of the new detailed book on the life of Edmund Campion which was mentioned in an earlier post. The reviewer (David Crane) agrees with the publisher’s press release in praising the book and giving credit to Waugh:

There must always be a temptation for a biographer to shape the life of any martyr with its end firmly in sight, but in showing just how little Campion sought that fate, or even how little of his life as a scholar and priest of European renown can have seemed a preparation for it, Gerard Kilroy has freed his subject from hagiography to produce the most historically convincing, powerful and humanly engaging portrait we have…Eighty years ago Evelyn Waugh called for a scholarly biography of Campion, and this is it.


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