Alfred Walter Frank Blunt (1879–1957) was an English Anglican bishop. He was the second Bishop of Bradford from 1931 to 1955 and is best known for a speech that exacerbated the abdication crisis of King Edward VIII.
1 Birth and education 2 Teaching and priesthood 3 Bishop of Bradford 4 Speech and abdication crisis 5 Personal and later life 6 Publications 7 References
7.1 Citations 7.2 Works cited
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Birth and education
Blunt was born on 24 September 1879 in Saint-Malo, France, where he
was brought up before his mother returned the family to England in
1887. He was younger son in second marriage of Captain F. T. Blunt
(died 1881) of the British colonial service, ultimately Chief Civil
Commissioner for the Seychelles. He was privately educated by his
widowed mother, and attended Church Hill preparatory school at
On this occasion the King holds an avowedly representative position. His personal views and opinions are his own, and as an individual he has the right of us all to be the keeper of his own private conscience. But in his public capacity at his Coronation, he stands for the English people's idea of kingship. It has for long centuries been, and I hope still is, an essential part of that idea that the King needs the grace of God for his office. In the Coronation ceremony the nation definitely acknowledges that need. Whatever it may mean, much or little, to the individual who is crowned, to the people as a whole it means their dedication of the English monarchy to the care of God, in whose rule and governance are the hearts of kings. Thus, in the second place, not only as important as but far more important than the King's personal feelings are to his Coronation, is the feeling with which we – the people of England – view it. Our part of the ceremony is to fill it with reality, by the sincerity of our belief in the power of God to over-rule for good our national history, and by the sincerity with which we commend the King and nation to his Providence. Are we going to be merely spectators or listeners-in as at any other interesting function, with a sort of passive curiosity? Or are we in some sense going to consecrate ourselves to the service of God and the welfare of mankind?
First, on the faith, prayer, and self-dedication of the King himself; and on that it would be improper for me to say anything except to commend him to God's grace, which he will so abundantly need, as we all need it – for the King is a man like ourselves – if he is to do his duty faithfully. We hope that he is aware of his need. Some of us wish that he gave more positive signs of such awareness.
Telegraph and Argus
Studies in Apostolic Christianity (1909) Apologies of Justin Martyr (1911) Faith and the New Testament (1912) The Faith of the Catholic Church (1916) The Book of Acts (for the Clarendon Bible) (1922) Israel before Christ (World's Manuals series) (1924) The Book of Galatians (for Clarendon Bible) (1925) Israel in World-History (World's Manuals series) (1927) The Teaching of the Old Testament (1927) The Ancient World (1928) The Prophets of Israel (1929) The Gospel of Mark (for Clarendon Bible) (1929) C. of E., What does it Stand for? (1934) Grace and Morals (1935) The Gospels and the Critic (1936) Our Need for God (1937) God and Man (1937) The Faith of the New Testament (1939) For Beginners in Prayer (1941) The Goodly Fellowship (1942) What the Church Teaches (1942) The Trials of Sickness (1946) The Spirit of Life (1947)
^ a b c Lister 1986. ^ a b c d e Watson 2004, p. 346. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory, p. 108; Roberts 1979, p. 80. ^ a b c Crockford's Clerical Directory, p. 108. ^ "University intelligence". The Times (36723). London. 24 March 1902. p. 7. ^ Watson 2004. ^ Roberts 1979, p. 80. ^ "Blunt, Alfred Walter Frank (1879–1957), bishop of Bradford Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". oxforddnb.com. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-49183. Retrieved 2 January 2018. (Subscription required (help)). ^ Machin 1998, p. 129. ^ a b Watson 2004, p. 347. ^ a b Priestley, Mike (1 December 2006). "Not-So-Blunt Words That Stopped Coronation". Telegraph & Argus. Bradford, England: Newsquest Media Group. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 1 January 2018. ^ Cooke, p. 72. ^ Watson 2004, p. 346; Who Was Who 1961, p. 113.
Cooke, Alistair. Six Men. Crockford's Clerical Directory, 1957–58. Oxford University Press. Lister, Mary (1986). "Bishop Blunt and the Abdication Crisis". The Bradford Antiquary. 3. Bradford, England: Bradford Historical and Antiquarian Society. 2: 54–64. Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2018. Machin, G. I. T. (1998). Churches and Social Issues in Twentieth-Century Britain. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0-19-821780-0. Roberts, Frank C., ed. (1979). Obituaries from the Times, 1951–1960. Reading, England: Newspaper Archive Developments. ISBN 978-0-903713-96-2. Watson, Giles C. (2004). "Blunt, Alfred Walter Frank (1879–1957)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 6. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/49183. ISBN 978-0-19-861411-1. Who Was Who, 1951–1960. A & C Black. 1961.
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Preceded by Arthur Perowne Bishop of Bradford 1931–1955 Succeeded by Donald Coggan
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Diocesan Bishops of Bradford
Arthur Perowne Alfred Blunt Donald Coggan Michael Parker Ross Hook Geoffrey Paul Roy Williamson David Smith David James Nick Baines Tom Butler (Acting)
for the Leeds diocese area bishops, see Bishop of Bradford
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Edward VIII Wallis Simpson
Prince Albert (Edward VIII's brother, later George VI)
His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936
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