A well-written book about the extraordinary history of the Anglican Benedictines from their early days on Caldey Island through Pershore, Nashdom and Speen to the move to Salisbury. Don Gregory Dix is a familiar name, and "The Shape of the Liturgy" is well known in theological circles. He is one of a number of significant characters who kept the Benedictine monastic tradition alive in the Anglican communion. I found this a compelling and moving read, the more so for having met some of the characters described.
Having personal experience of the Benedictines of Nashdom, this made interesting if sad reading. The demise of the community is now in sight and this is painful to those who have loved it over the years. Ms Duncan's research is very authoritative and although she misses a few of the nuances in the 1960's and 1970's her reflections are erudite and a good read. Sad however for me who knew the community intimately for a time.
This is an honest account of the strange phenomenon of C20 Anglican monasticism, which almost came to and end when the community sought admission into the RC Church. This is the story of the remnant who wanted to continue the experiment and explains why it was doomed to failure.