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English Literature Of The 19th Century:
 Mrs. E. B. Browning

 Minor Poets

 Thomas Hood

 Owen Meredith

 Historical Literature Of The Early Victorian Period

 Henry Thomas Buckle

 Henry Hallam

 Sir Archibald Alison

 Henry Hart Milman

 John Lingard

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Henry Hart Milman

( Originally Published Early 1900's )

Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868) was distinguished as a poet and even dramatist before he became a church historian. He was educated at Eton and at Brasenose College, Oxford, and wrote several plays, of which the best, "Fazio," was acted in 1815. Then, taking orders, he became vicar at Reading, where he still wrote poetry, including some fine hymns. In 1821 he was made professor of poetry at Oxford, but the tragedy of "Anne Boleyn" (1826) closed his career as a poet. After contributing several articles to the "Quarterly Review," Milman published a "History of the Jews" (1829) which called forth censure by its tendency toward the later critical views of the Old Testament. He went on with a "History of Christianity to the Abolition of Paganism" (1840) and finally issued his ablest work, "History of Latin Christianity" (1854). This grand subject was handled with adequate erudition. The author edited Gibbon's great "History of Rome," correcting errors and adding new information. In 1849 Milman had been advanced to the deanery of St. Paul's, which is considered the highest literary preferment in the Church of England.

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