Bishop J.C. Ryle’s Autobiography

The Early Years

Weight 1.65 lbs
Dimensions 8.75 × 5.6 × 1.1 in
ISBN 9781848716865

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Oct 12, 2016

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John Charles Ryle (1816-1900), first Bishop of Liverpool, was one of the most influential evangelical clergymen of the nineteenth century. A popular platform speaker and prolific tract writer, his books are still widely read across the globe.

Edited by Andrew Atherstone, this critical edition of Ryle’s manuscript autobiography, dictated in 1873, is a rich and unparalleled account of the early decades of his life and ministry. He recalls his youthful pursuit of academic plaudits and sporting prowess at Eton College and Oxford University, before his evangelical conversion at the age of 21. He tells of the devastating collapse of the family bank and the enforced sale of their Cheshire estates, which ended his ambitions to enter parliament. Ryle describes his exploits as a young clergyman, his loves and losses, his evangelical networks, and the deaths of his first two wives. He offers a frank assessment of his joys and struggles, and the reasons behind his crucial life choices. Written for his children and never intended for publication, Bishop J.C. Ryle’s autobiography is essential reading for a proper appreciation of the man behind the headlines in the years before he reached national and international fame.

Bishop J. C. Ryle’s Autobiography also includes many photographs from the Ryle family albums, never before published. Seven substantial appendices examine the Ryle Family Bible, Ryle’s schoolboy speeches, his conversion, his earliest evangelical tracts, and his final will and testament.

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List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xvii
Ryle’s Autobiography
1 Family Background 3
2 Childhood 17
3 Early Education 23
4 Eton College 27
5 Oxford 51
6 Conversion 61
7 Henbury Hall 77
8 Bankruptcy 85
9 Exbury 97
10 Winchester 107
11 Helmingham 115
1 The Ryle Family Bible 155
2 The Eton Society 167
3 Herbert Ryle on his Father’s Schooldays 191
4 Canon Christopher on Ryle’s Conversion 199
5 Ryle’s Earliest Tracts 215
6 Ryle’s Funeral Tribute to Georgina Tollemache 291
7 Ryle’s Last Will and Testament 333
Index 347


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