A Field Guide to the English Clergy

Pages: 192
Subject: Humour, Religion: Christianity
Imprint: Oneworld

A Field Guide to the English Clergy

A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practising

The Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie

The Archbishop of York's behaviour was 'never that expected of a cleric, rarely that expected of a pirate'...
9781786074416 (4 Oct 2018)
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The Book

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?

Additional Information

Subject Humour, Religion: Christianity
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

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. This is his first book.


‘This is a ridiculously enjoyable book: funny, compassionate, and wonderfully well-written.'

- Tom Holland

‘A delightful, sympathetic, humorous and earthed cocktail of quirky English clergy.'

- The Rt Revd David Wilbourne